Primary Care Physicians as Quarterbacks for Health Care

NY Times, Tuesday, February 22,2011: PERSONAL HEALTH, Jane Brody

Tackling Care as Chronic Ailments Pile Up

There is a growing and underappreciated problem in health care, that of the number of patients with more than one chronic illness which must be addressed in order to improve health care, as well as costs for all Americans. 

Ms. Brody lists some solutions, including using primary care physicians as quarterbacks for “care of individuals with multiple chronic conditions.”  

Quarterbacks in American football are the team leaders, calling the plays and working with coaches for their team. The term is used here in a medical sense, but can also be used in business for someone who is the team leader on a business project.


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