ACP: Caring for Hard-to-Reach Patients

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SAN DIEGO — If doctors open their eyes, they would see “hard-to-reach patients” in their offices every day, said Noah Nesin, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine, speaking here at the American College of Physicians’ annual meeting.

In medicine, the term “hard-to-reach” encompasses socially and economically isolated patients as well as those with access problems due to geography. It includes LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and “queer”) individuals, the homeless, the undocumented, those with mental illness or substance use disorders, sex workers, and other vulnerable people, he said.

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