(BALTIMORE) -- Group patient visits – a medical appointment during which five to 10 patients with the same condition, usually a chronic one, meet with a physician for a longer period of time than an individual session would last – “may be a feasible means of providing care to individuals with PD [Parkinson's disease],” according to researchers, because of their cost-effectiveness.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine tested the group visits model to see whether it would improve patient satisfaction and quality of life. In a study of 30 Parkinson’s patients, the authors of this latest research – published in Neurology – found that the quality of life measurements were no different in the group receiving group care compared to the one receiving standard, individualized care.
The group visits model has been used in diabetes patients, as well as with those who have heart disease and other illnesses, and has previously demonstrated improvements in patients' satisfaction and quality of life.
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