Stanford Health Partners: rationale and early experiences in establishing physician group visits and chronic disease self-management workshops

J Ambul Care Manage. 2001 Jul;24(3):10-6. doi: 10.1097/00004479-200107000-00004.


Chronic disease is a major public health problem. The day-to-day management of a chronic illness requires accurate patient reporting and timely medical response. Patient group visits with the primary care physician and lay-led patient education workshops improve the provider-physician relationship, promote patient self-efficacy and self-management of chronic diseases, and facilitate positive health care outcomes. This article describes how group visits are being integrated into the clinical routine of a health care system.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care / organization & administration
  • California
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Disease Management*
  • Education
  • Group Practice / economics
  • Group Practice / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Office Visits
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Public Health
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • Self Care*