Patient Centered Primary Healthcare
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:
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: