Shared Medical Appointments
Milton Medical Centre is now conducting Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) across a range of chronic diseases.
An SMA is a comprehensive medical visit, not just a group education session, where a significant part of the added value comes from the facilitated support from peers within the group who have similar health ailments. This allows for improved quality of care for our patients and enhances patient knowledge and self-management of their condition through peer support and shared information.
SMA’s allow for extra time to be spent with the doctor and other health experts, and creates an opportunity for health professionals to get to know their patients better in an interactive setting.
SMA’s typically consist of a care delivery team and approximately 10 patients. They arefacilitated by a general practitioner (GP) and Practice Nurse and may include a pharmacist, dietitian, exercise physiologist or other allied health professional (AHP). A documenter may also be included to record medical notes as care is being delivered.
Throughout the session (typically about 90 minutes), GPs are involved in the usual tasks of history-taking, examination, medical decision-making and advising patients in conjunction with AHPs.