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Group Primary Care Visits Improve Outcomes for Patients With Chronic Conditions

This featured profile is available on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health
Care Innovations Exchange Web site. An independent practice association in Northern California
offers 60- to 90-minute group appointments for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes,
hypertension, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as menopause, prenatal care,
and pre-colonoscopy. These group appointments can enhance physician productivity, as they
allow physicians to provide followup care and counseling to a greater number of patients (up to
15 patients are seen in an hour during the group visit, compared to 4 patients who can be seen
each hour via regular appointments). A study conducted by the independent practice association
found that diabetes patients receiving group care had better outcomes than those receiving usual
care, including being more likely to meet

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