A unique process occurs when people come together in a group. They feel more psychologically powerful and suggestible, better allowing trained group leaders to implement constructive changes. Groups also tend to reduce the intense feelings of shame and isolation associated with many chronic medical conditions by bringing individuals together in a protected environment and creating a healing community in which members feel validated. The group bonding and camaraderie that develops over time (from both patient-to-patient interaction and interactive discussion between medical providers and the group) give individual members a chance to learn that they are not alone with their struggles and an opportunity to identify with someone who is, perhaps, a bit ahead of them in self-care behaviors. These group experiences foster increased feelings of self-efficacy, a greater understanding of patients’ medical conditions and improved coping mechanisms for patients to manage their health problems at home.
Group Visits Overview
Group Visits leverage our time and resources by allowing patients who have similar medical issues to receive the teaching portion of their consultation in a group format. Each patient is still allotted individual time with the practitioner, but at a greatly reduced cost. They also enjoy the camaraderie and support of the other group members creating an enhanced healing environment.
- 6 to 10 patients with similar medical issues meet as a group with a team consisting of a physician or advanced practitioner and, in some cases, a nurse and/or behavioral specialist
- Visits typically run 1 to 1.5 hours, at a periodic interval that is appropriate for the medical need and condition
- The structure emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the medical care visit and has been used for a wide range of medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, menopause, spinal disorders, adult wellness visits and much more
- Each group session includes an individualized medical review by a licensed practitioner, patient education and a facilitated group discussion
- Billing is based on standard medical and behavioral billing practice