A new service line available at Kearney County Health Services offers patients with chronic disease a holistic treatment option to supplement their traditional medical treatment. Tiffany Weeder, APRN is leading Shared Medical Appointments at KCHS.
“It’s a way for us to put patients with similar medical problems together for a group appointment that is 90 minutes long versus a typical clinic appointment that’s 15 minutes long. That allows us to do more education and have more face to face time,” Weeder said. “The goal is to improve our approach to treating these diagnoses more holistically. We’re trying to support lifestyle changes that will encourage prevention of worsening of the illness. We’re trying to improve their health in multiple ways rather than just through medications.”
SMAs begin with a one-on-one consultation at check-in to review medications and concerns. Once the individual consultations are complete, the group meets together to discuss points related to their diagnoses and receive education that supports their treatment.
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