Ask the Expert
posted on March 19, 2013
A: Sports medicine is an ideal place for shared medical appointments. Ideal opportunities include shared medical appointments geared to specific injuries or conditions, management of chronic conditions, and arthritis management. SMAs are a way to achieve multiple organizational goals: improve care, improve patient satisfaction with care, improve work satisfaction for providers and staff and (not least of all) improve the organizations bottom line. Sports medicine and musculoskeletal care practices and clinics provide an opportune place to set, and achieve, these goals.
posted on November 28, 2012
Changing behaviors around our health is incredibly difficult. Whether it is losing weight, exercising more, monitoring our blood glucose levels, or taking our prescriptions regularly, we all struggle to meet our goals. Part of this is because we are often doing it on our own. Part of it is because it seems to get in the way of our everyday lives.
posted on November 12, 2012
I admit – I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about SMAs. If I were the patient, I thought, I don’t know that I’d want everyone else eavesdropping on my doctor’s appointment. I couldn’t imagine sitting there for 90 minutes without getting bored. I wondered what I could possibly learn from other patients.