Primary care medicine is an entry point for individuals seeking treatment of undiagnosed ailments and serves as the foundation for ongoing, lifelong health care. Primary care physicians (PCPs) and their allied healthcare professionals educate and counsel their patients to promote health and prevent disease, in addition to delivering comprehensive care for both acute and chronic illnesses in outpatient and inpatient settings.
Coordination and integration of health monitoring and care delivery between PCPs,
community-based services and family members is a significant challenge. Empowering
and educating individuals to be active participants in their own care is central to
maximizing health. Researchers at PCOM are studying innovative approaches to constructing
and reinforcing partnerships between patients, PCPs, students and health insurance
providers to improve access and outcomes, as well as reduce disenfranchisement, burnout