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Changes in the Health Professions: A Commentary

Schoenbaum, Stephen C. MD, MPH

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: July/September 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 199–203
doi: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000203
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Increased life expectancy in the United States has been accompanied by a concomitant increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions in persons of all ages, especially older Americans. This necessitates new ways of organizing and conducting medical practice, and this affects the roles and interactions of health professionals. Physicians and other health professionals require appropriate training and more efficient workplaces to enhance their functioning and reduce burnout. Additional factors influencing the success of health professionals in further advancing the health and well-being of Americans are health information technology and ensuring that all have access to care.

Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, New York.

Correspondence: Stephen C. Schoenbaum, MD, MPH, Special Advisor to the President, Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, 44 E. 64th St, New York, NY 10065 (scs@scs-health.com or sschoenbaum@macyfoundation.org).

The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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