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Prim Care. 2009 Dec;36(4):845-58; table of contents. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2009.07.009.

Can the medical home reduce cancer morbidity and mortality?

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.


Addressing our current health care crisis will demand 2 forms of health care reform: reform of health care coverage and transformation of health care delivery. Most policy makers have accepted that primary care must play a prominent role in a new health care delivery vehicle. A new concept, the medical home, has emerged as a possible model of how primary care can improve performance and help control costs. Although the medical home concept has not yet been applied to cancer care, elements of the concept have the potential to improve cancer prevention efforts and to help coordinate care of individuals diagnosed with cancer. This article explores the possible role of the medical home in the war on cancer.

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