In a period of rapid change in healthcare, providers are being asked to address more and more complex problems with fewer and fewer resources. One option to provide quality patient care while also being mindful of provider burnout is the use of shared medical appointments (SMAs). SMAs have been found to be acceptable to patients and providers, to facilitate behavior change, and to allow for financially sustainable collaboration in multidisciplinary healthcare teams. This poster will describe the process for development and implementation of a SMA for management of hypertension. Hypertension, which affects nearly half of American adults, increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, and sexual dysfunction. While many people can have hypertension without knowing it, hypertension is amenable to management through lifestyle modifications. SMAs provide an excellent opportunity for patients to work with their provider, gain support from their peers, and benefit from the knowledge of subject matter experts including clinical pharmacists, dieticians, behavioral health providers, and exercise physiologists. Pilot data on patient outcomes, patient experience, and provider experience will be presented, as will information on expansion of SMA visits across our healthcare system.
- Identify the benefit of Shared Medical Appointments as an option for management of hypertension.
- Discuss the value of interdisciplinary collaboration for successful Shared Medical Appointments.
- List the benefits for patients of participating in Shared Medical Appointments.