Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Increased Mobility of the Patient Population

Once upon a time in America people grew up within a community, worked and met their mates within that community, settled down to raise a family within that community, and when they died, were buried in that community. Doctors who lived and worked in such communities routinely tended to the medical needs of several generations of each family. Their practices were intensely personal, in some cases offering cradle-to-grave medical care.
What was once the norm has since become the rarity. Today's patient population is constantly on the move. As a result, medical treatment may be rendered far from home or with no one present who can offer any insight into a patient's past medical history and/or family history. Consider the following:
  • Demise of the nuclear family

  • Increased job mobility

  • Military conflicts

  • Increased tourism

  • Fluctuations in the value of the dollar

  • Increased waves of immigration

  • Next: Demise Of The Nuclear Family

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