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New ACP Position Paper Offers Six Positions and
(Washington, October 13, 2015)- The American College of
Physicians (ACP) today said that retail health clinics - now
commonly present in drugstores and/or big box retailers - are best
used as a backup alternative to a patient's primary care physician
for the diagnosis and treatment of episodic minor illnesses.
"Health care delivery models are changing and our patients are
embracing and exploring alternatives to the traditional office
practice," said Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of
Health Clinics: A Policy Position Paper of the American College of
Physicians is being released at this time because ACP
feels it is important to provide guidance to physicians and their
patients allowing them to understand the role retail health clinics
may have in providing quick, convenient and patient-centered care,"
Dr. Riley noted. A summary of the paper is in Annals of
"The expansion of both the number and scope of retail health
clinics raises many questions about the role of retail clinics long
term and how they may complement or augment good medical care and
routine preventive health services." Dr. Riley said. "A balance
must be struck between the convenience and easy access retail
clinics provide with the importance of establishing relationships
between patients and physicians, particularly for patients who have
complex medical histories and/or multiple medical problems."
ACP's half-dozen recommendations and positions address the
expansion of retail health clinics while underscoring the need for
adherence to patient safety and quality protocols and strong
communication and collaboration among patients and the retail
health clinic providers, and physicians:
"The positions put forward by ACP highlight a meaningful
approach that will have positive effects for both patients and
physicians," concluded Dr. Riley. "The health care system will,
then, realize the full potential of primary care physicians working
collaboratively with retail health clinics."
The American College of Physicians is the
largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest
physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000
internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists,
and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists
who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the
diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the
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