Do teams work better than solo providers? Spoiler alert: Yes
Medical training has historically focused almost exclusively on the skills and actions of individual physicians. Increasingly, clinical training is incorporating an understanding of how team-based care affects patient outcomes.
For patients with chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, can teams provide better care?
Maximilian Pany and Lucy Chen, both MD-PhD candidates in health policy at Harvard Medical School, and coauthors recently published research on that very question in the March 2021 edition of Health Affairs. They found that provider teams outperformed solo providers in managing chronic diseases.
Both Maximilian Pany and Lucy Chen join Alan Weil on A Health Podyssey to discuss their research, team-based care, and how team composition and scope-of-practice fit into their findings. A surprise – it did matter whether the team included only physicians or also included nurses and physician assistants.
Listen to find out more.