Shared Medical Appointments
A quantum leap forward in chronic disease management and treatment.
Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), also called ‘Group Visits’, are “A series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.” A SMA is both an individual consultation and a group education session.
Traditionally, medical consultations have been carried out in a 1:1 situation; an ‘expert’ (doctor) consulting with one patient. This has served us well, and still does with injuries and infectious diseases. But the rise in chronic diseases with the modernisation of society has dramatically altered the clinical landscape.
No longer is a pharmaceutical prescription, a doctor’s advice, or surgery, sufficient or necessarily appropriate to manage what can amount to complex, lifetime, metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory or carcinogenic disorders.