British Columbia experiments with checkups by the dozen

McLaren, Christen
November 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/18/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 11, p1111
Academic Journal
The article explores experiments with group medical checkups in British Columbia. Around 200 of the province's 4,600 general practitioners are into this means of practicing family medicine. In general, 12-15 patients, who may have a common condition, share a 90-minute appointment with a physician and nurse. Physicians who are practicing group checkups are now training other doctors. There is also discussions on expanding the practice to rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons. According to the British Columbia Medical Association, it is premature to conclude on whether group appointments improve participants' ability to manage their chronic conditions in the long term.


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