Over 76,000 senior citizens with chronic diseases get personal doctors

Over 76,000 senior citizens with chronic diseases get personal doctors
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
Specially trained doctors are already working at 47 local outpatient clinics and their branches.

Over 76,000 senior citizens who have at least three chronic health disorders are now being treated by personal general practitioners.

“Doctors compile individual treatment plans for elderly patients with multiple chronic health disorders and following this issue recommendations. These patients can quickly contact doctors or nurses during the entire working day and clarify any existing issues, including giving advice on what medication to take. The first visit’s duration has been increased to 40 minutes,” Deputy Head of the Department of Healthcare Alexei Pogonin said.

Patients with hypertension are told how to monitor their blood pressure using special diaries, how to keep an eye for possible problems after strokes, and people with type 2 diabetes are issued special memo booklets.

Between 2015-2016, eight local outpatient clinics started implementing a pilot project to treat senior citizens with chronic health disorders. Since April this year  the project has been fully fledged.

The new patient treatment concept has already yielded initial results. The number of patients with normalised blood pressure and cholesterol levels has increased, ambulance teams are being summoned less often, and fewer patients are being hospitalised.

Since the project’s inception, general practitioners currently working at 47 city outpatient clinics and their branches have received about 165,000 patients. All doctors have been trained in geriatrics and have taken courses in fields like neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology and nephrology. 

Women aged 55 and over, as well as men aged 60 plus suffering from at least three chronic health disorders, including arterial hypertension, heart ischemia, diabetes, chronic cardiac decompensation, chronic kidney disease, bronchial asthma and other such serious complaints, can obtain appointments with personal doctors.

Over 180 doctors are to join the project in September. Their total number is to reach about 400 before the end of the year, and they will be able to receive up to 200,000 patients.

Under the voluntary project, patients can continue to visit general practitioners in their respective districts.