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November/December 2011 Annals of Family Medicine Tip Sheet
Date:11/14/2011

including reduced access to specialty care, overcrowding of other area hospitals and emergency departments, delayed and poorer quality of care for patients, reduced communication and disrupted patient connections, and a loss of colleagues and opportunities to teach residents and medical students. The authors conclude that primary care physicians should be informed and consulted when a major disruption to the health care delivery system is planned. They call for greater recognition of and support for the role primary care physicians play in coordinating care, promoting continuity of care and counseling patients and others about system changes during such transitions.

Effect of Closure of a Local Safety-Net Hospital on Primary Care Physicians' Perceptions of Their Role in Patient Care

By Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, et al

University of California, San Francisco

Editorial: Why the United States Continues to Fall Further Behind In an accompanying editorial, Robert L. Phillips, Jr., MD, MSPH, director of The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care, uses the articles by Mainous, DeVoe and Odom Walker to illustrate three major problems facing the United States' health care system 1) lack of robust and comprehensive primary care, 2) insufficient access to timely care for a large portion of the population, and 3) incapacity take a population view of health. He concludes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has important provisions that may help address some of these problems by helping to build more robust and comprehensive models of primary care.

Where the U.S. Falls Down and How We Might Stand Up

By Robert L. Phillips, Jr., MD, MSPH

The Robert Graham Center, Washington, D.C.

Essay: Physicians Should Leverage Their Authority Within the Community to Advocate for Healthier Lifestyles In a compelling essay, a family physician posits a pathway by which greater physic
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