The Future of Family Medicine: Clinical Practice

Spann, Stephen J.
July 2001
Journal of Family Practice;Jul2001, Vol. 50 Issue 7, p584
Academic Journal
The author comments on the future of family medicine in the U.S. He notes that family physicians will need to become experts in helping their patients eat better, exercise more and avoid using noxious substances. They should seize medical technologies and implement them in their practices, improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of their care. Advances in information technology will enhance the physician's ability to make more accurate diagnoses on the basis of available test inputs. The author also mentions that electronic medical records that are linked to clinical data repositories and expert systems based on neural networks will significantly improve the physician's diagnostic acumen.


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