Traditionally, medical consultations have been carried out in a 1:1 situation; an ‘expert’ (doctor) consulting with one patient. This has served us well, and still does with injuries and infectious diseases. But the rise in chronic diseases with the modernisation of society has dramatically altered the clinical landscape.
Also known as ‘Group Visits’ or ‘Group Medical Appointments’ in the US, an SMA is, “A series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” As such an SMA is a both an individual consultation and a group education session.
The minimal ‘team’ for an SMA is a doctor and a trained facilitator. In an SMA, the doctor carries out his/her doctoring, but with other patients watching. The facilitator introduces the group, writes records and questions on a board, assists the doctor with information, controls the group dynamics, and in some cases writes the medical records.
If we can generate sufficient interest, the workshop will be hosted at MCHRI (at the Monash Health Translation Precint) and conducted in collaboration with the Australian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
Doctors, allied health practitioners, ancillary staff and researchers interested in new models of patient care will benefit from attending. 40 Category 1 points will be available for GPs and allied health CPD points should be available to most other practitioners.
The workshop price is expected to be $440 (inc gst) and includes one year of follow up which is especially relevant for those wishing to be registered as trained in the ASLM SMA protocol.
To express interest in attending this workshop, please contact Jophin Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the full article at http://lifestylemedicine.org.au/content/the-doctor-will-see-you-all-now/
Watch a video of an SMA in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7tiCU0t5zc