Family medicine practices make changes to address patient needs

Family physicians are offering nontraditional office hours and scheduling, as well as adding services such as Botox treatments or weight-loss programs to respond to changing patient expectations and to maintain their practices and compete with urgent care centers. Louisiana family physician Nandini Sunkireddy said even though practices may embrace the concept of urgent care, they still practice evidence-based medicine that encompasses a broad range of patient issues so they know "everything that's going on with that patient."

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