John W. Runyan Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Decentralized medical facilities (initiated 9 years ago) are providing an increasing share of medical care in Memphis and Shelby County. Neighborhood clinics staffed by specially trained public health nurses guided by protocols have been expanded in number and function. Visits of patients with selected chronic disease to these facilities for continuing care exceed 35 000 per year, a five-to six-fold increase since previously reported 2¼ years ago (RUNYAN JW JR: JAMA 211.3: 476-479, 1970). The nurses also provide comparable medical care to the home-bound patients with approximately 8 000 home visits per year. From 200 to 400 "new" patients per
Runyan JW. Decentralized Medical Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:856. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-856_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):856.
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