Edited by Robert Golub, MD
Family physicians are trained to provide comprehensive primary care; however, narrowing of the scope of practice of US family physicians is well documented. In an analysis of cross-sectional data from 3038 family medicine residents and 10 846 practicing physicians who were applying to take the 2014 American Board of Family Medicine maintenance of certification examination, Coutinho and colleagues compared intended scope of practice among residents seeking initial board certification with actual practice reported by physicians seeking recertification. The authors report that compared with family physicians currently in practice, graduating family medicine residents reported intentions to provide a broader scope of practice—including prenatal care, inpatient care, nursing home care, home visits, and women’s health procedures.
Highlights. JAMA. 2015;314(22):2323–2325. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12131