House Call

Peter N. Landless

a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the Health Ministries department of the General Conference.

​Making House Calls

Q:My parents often reminisce about their “BC” (before computers) lives. One of the things they speak of fondly is the doctor’s house call. Is there any value to this approach in health care?

A:House calls used to be an intrinsic part of a family physician’s way of operating. The daily routine of a busy general practitioner would typically begin with making rounds on hospitalized patients, caring for surgical procedures, then making house calls. Depending on whether one’s practice was rural or suburban (or both), this might include a more time-consuming farm call. One would have to brave all …

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