Patient Centered Primary Healthcare


Overview

The NMHC endorses the model for primary healthcare developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1978.  This primary healthcare model embraces a holistic view of healthcare that includes but goes beyond the medical model of healthcare.

Patient Centered Primary Care Traditional Medical Model
Focus on overall health needs   Focus on illness and cure
Long-term personal relationship   Relationship limited to the consultation
Comprehensive preventive care   Episodic curative care
Responsibility for health across the life span; identification of determinants of ill-health   Responsibility limited to effective and safe advice to the patient during the period of consultation
People are partners in managing their own healthcare   People are consumers of healthcare

Primary Care at the NMHC

The healthcare providers at the NMHC seek to help people maintain optimal health.  We believe that having a personal relationship with your healthcare provider is a very important component of patient-centered primary care. People are encouraged to make their appointments with the same practitioner for routine check-ups and preventive care, health education and episodic healthcare appointments.  If a person’s primary care provider is not available, the information from that appointment is always available to other providers on the team to help insure communication and continuity of a person’s healthcare within the practice.  


Chronic Disease Management

The NMHC uses an interdisciplinary team approach to help people manage chronic disease(s). Examples of chronic disease conditions managed in the NMHC include:

  • Weight Management
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema / COPD
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid dysfunction

Illness Treatment

The NMHC helps people recover from illness as rapidly as possible by using evidenced-based practice guidelines and state of the art technology. Examples of illnesses treated include:

  • Red eyes
  • Ear aches
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Sprained ankles
  • Acute back pain
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