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Family medicine is more than just basic healthcare. It’s a primary care specialty based on the continual relationship between families and patients over time and generations. The University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) and John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) have been treating thousands of patients for decades through this practice.
HI Now host Kanoe Gibson met with Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng and found out why it’s so important for doctors to get to know their patients. She explains family medicine physicians are trained to look at all of the factors that could potentially affect a patient’s health and well-being and provide care across a person’s life span.
The family medicine approach is special in that physicians understand the impact of influences on a person’s health and also work with each patient to make sure their comprehensive health needs are met. In working with patients and their families, Dr. Tseng says physicians develop close relationships that lead to better health outcomes, including prevention of illness and healthier family lives. Family Medicine is also unique in its particularly strong emphasis on prevention and keeping patients well so that they can enjoy life.
Dr. Tseng points out that family medicine also focuses on integrating care for each patient by having a team-based care practice that coordinates a person’s care with specialists both in and out of the hospital as needed. Within the clinics, Dr. Tseng says there are clinical psychologists who can provide counseling, geriatric specialists who have special training and experience with older adults, and a pharmacist who assists with complex medication needs and diabetes education.
Those interested in seeing a family medicine physician can get in touch with the Physician Center at Mililani or the Pali Momi Outpatient Center in Pearlridge. Both clinics are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment or get more information, call 808-627-3200.
About Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng
Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng is a family physician and a professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Since 2016, she has been on the US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent 16-member panel of health experts mandated by Congress to make national recommendations on preventive health care, including cancer screening, pregnancy care, and heart disease prevention. Along with practicing with the Family Medicine clinic and at Pali Momi Hospital, Dr. Tseng is also a nationally recognized health policy researcher on quality of care and cost of care. Her expertise is on Medicare Part D, which provides drug coverage for 43 million older and disabled persons. In Hawaii, she started www.prescribingguide.com, a free website to help Hawaii’s physicians find out which drugs are covered for their patients. Dr. Tseng has been the principal investigator on grants funded by the National Institute of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also the Hawaii Medical Service Association Endowed Chair in Health Services and Quality Research at the University of Hawaii.