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Ann Fam Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;12(2):166-71. doi: 10.1370/afm.1616.

The 10 building blocks of high-performing primary care.

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Center for Excellence in Primary Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Abstract

Our experiences studying exemplar primary care practices, and our work assisting other practices to become more patient centered, led to a formulation of the essential elements of primary care, which we call the 10 building blocks of high-performing primary care. The building blocks include 4 foundational elements-engaged leadership, data-driven improvement, empanelment, and team-based care-that assist the implementation of the other 6 building blocks-patient-team partnership, population management, continuity of care, prompt access to care, comprehensiveness and care coordination, and a template of the future. The building blocks, which represent a synthesis of the innovative thinking that is transforming primary care in the United States, are both a description of existing high-performing practices and a model for improvement.

KEYWORDS:

medical; physician’s practice patterns; practice management; primary health care

PMID:
24615313
PMCID:
PMC3948764
DOI:
10.1370/afm.1616
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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