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Laying the foundations for the patient-centered medical home

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) – sometimes referred to as the primary care medical home – is a health care delivery model often touted as the wave of the future in reforming and revolutionizing primary care service in the U.S.  The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) identifies the following as characteristics of the effective PCMH:

  • patient-centered
  • comprehensive
  • coordinated
  • accessible
  • continuously improved through a systems-based approach to quality and safety

To further the development and study of the PCMH model, AHRQ has created the Patient-Centered Medical Home Resource Center, a website that includes descriptions and definitions of the PCMH model, a searchable citations database, and a bibliography, with links, of research, white papers and other documents produced by or through AHRQ on the topic. 

The most valuable part of the website (in this blogger’s humble opinion) is the section on “Foundational Articles” – a bibliography, again with links, of the research that AHRQ found seminal in the development of its own thinking and position on PCMHs.    

Anyone interested in launching a PCMH or just coming to a better understanding of what they are and the role envisioned for them in a healthy health care delivery system should check out this site.


Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center.  http://pcmh.ahrq.gov/portal/server.pt/community/pcmh__home/1483 (accessed June 30, 2011)




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