Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), or ‘Group Visits’, are “A series of consecutive individual medical consultations in a supportive group setting where all can listen, interact, and learn.”

As such, SMAs are both an individual consultation and an informal group education session, and:

  • Increase clinical cost-efficiency
  • Use peer support for better outcomes
  • Mean not repeating yourself ad nauseum
  • Improve clinical teamwork
  • Increase patient/provider satisfaction
  • Make clinical practice more fun!

Watch this webinar, held live on 28 February 2018, to learn more about SMAs, how they work, and the potential for conducting SMAs in your practice.

What’s covered

This webinar was designed to answer common questions regarding Shared Medical Appointments, including what they are, the existing research, and derivatives of the SMA concept.

  • What SMAs are and how they work
  • How they are being used overseas and in Australasia
  • Research into SMAs, especially around patient and provider satisfaction
  • Derivatives of the SMA concept, e.g. Programmed SMAs (pSMAs) and use in non-medical settings
  • Assessing the potential for SMAs in your practice

Answering your questions

  • SMA Pioneers in Australia: Professor Garry Egger and Professor John Stevens
  • ASLM Executive Director: Stephen Penman
  • ASLM Education Coordinator: Jordhana Clark

Conduct SMAs in your practice

To learn how to conduct SMAs in your own practice or setting, and optionally become an ASLM Certified SMA Facilitator, register for the Shared Medical Appointments Workshop for Practitioners and Facilitators webinar series (of which this webinar is a pre-requisite).

The webinar series includes:

  • Access to the SMA protocol and online resources
  • Video from previous workshops and the webinar videos
  • Peer-review and certification as an SMA facilitator if desired
  • 12 months of support and follow-up as needed

Find out more and register here.

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