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This report examines some methodological, technical, and ethical issues which need to be addressed in designing and implementing a valid and reliable computerized clinical data base. The report focuses on the data collection system used by four residency based family health centers, affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It is(More)
As part of an effort to train family physicians to be more effective teachers in family medicine, a teaching styles workshop program was developed. The aim of the program is to help physician teachers to become more flexible in matching a teaching style to a particular teaching context. The program consists of three components: (1) a scheme for classifying(More)
This article takes note of the family physician shortage in Louisiana and the continuing need to inform medical students of the career choice in family medicine. Drs English, Gatipon, and Catlin describe the planning stages, the training of clinical teachers, and the implementation of a third (junior) year required clerkship in family medicine at LSU School(More)
The most pressing issue in health care delivery today is inflationary cost increases. The gatekeeping role of primary care physicians, particularly family physicians, may lower health care costs through a more judicious use of specialty referrals, expensive tests, and hospitalization. The study of such an impact is most readily carried out in the practice(More)
Curriculum in family medicine and primary care includes various areas of concern for educators in the behavioral sciences. Most of this concerns the physician-patient relationship as the focus for teaching and learning. This paper outlines the work of a longitudinal, case oriented group of family physicians as it reflects the correlation between the(More)
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