Shared appointments, also called group visits, can be a way to make your trip to the doctor’s office more effective, economical, and enjoyable. With shared appointments, several people with similar health issues are each privately examined by their doctor, and then participate together in a question and answer session. Shared appointments have been used at other centers for children with constipation and soiling, as well as for children with asthma and diabetes.
Why would I want to have a shared appointment?
Many patients and doctors have found that people do better after shared appointments than after individual appointments! That may be because:
-Another person in the group asks a useful question that did not occur to you
-You and your child can meet other families that have the same condition
-Group visits are longer, and include more sharing of information.
Please contact us if you are a follow-up patient of Dr. Cherry and would like to sign up for this type of appointment.
Here are links to additional articles on the topic of shared appointments.
Kamalini Ramdas, PhD & Ara Darzi, MD. Adopting Innovations in Care Delivery — The Case of Shared Medical Appointments. NEJM Catalyst. May 19, 2017.
Michael O. Schroeder. Group Visit: Why Shared Medical Appointments Are Gaining in Popularity. US News and World Report. July 12, 2016.
Tom Dahlborg. Group medical visits: Promising model for achieving the Triple Aim. Gold Foundation website, posted April 14, 2014.