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Shared medical appointments becoming more popular

Krista Hostetler

Shared medical appointments becoming more popular

CREATED Aug. 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Seeing the doctor, even for something as minor as the common cold, is usually a private matter. But now, group appointments are becoming a trend.

Shared medical appointments or group visits are for diagnosis and support groups. For example, people diagnosed with diabetes.

Instead of seeing a doctor one-on-one to learn to manage the disease, they're part of a discussion group with doctors.

Doctors said shared medical appointments provide an opportunity to teach in a different way.

Some patients who've tried it said they prefer it to be a group appointment, since they get the support from other people dealing with the same problems, while also getting the advice of a doctor.