A new AHRQ white paper, “Creating Patient-Centered, Team-Based Primary Care,” offers a conceptual framework, as well as strategies, that health care providers have used to ensure team-based care offered in primary care settings is patient-centered. The paper discusses the potential well-implemented team-based care has to improve the overall quality and comprehensiveness of primary care. It also stresses that team-based approaches have the ability to disrupt or change specific aspects of care, such as ongoing relationships, important to patients and providers. Strategies and resources provided in the white paper are intended to help create the culture, structure, and processes that support the development and maintenance of these relationships.
The paper is designed for physicians in primary care practices, practice facilitators, decision makers, and others committed to helping practices successfully transition to patient-centered team-based care. This paper and additional AHRQ resources related to the patient-centered medical home and primary care improvement are available on AHRQ’s PCMH Resource Center web site at pcmh.ahrq.gov.