Team-based models of care are an important way to meet the complex medical and psychosocial needs of the homebound. As part of a quality improvement project to address individual, program, and system needs, a portion of a large, physician-led academic home-based primary care practice was restructured into a team-based model. With support from an office-based nurse practitioner, a dedicated social worker, and a dedicated administrative assistant, physicians were able to care for a larger number of patients. Hospitalizations, readmissions, and patient satisfaction remained the same while physician panel size increased and physician satisfaction improved. The Team Approach is an innovative way to improve interdisciplinary, team-based care through practice restructuring and serves as an example of how other practices can approach the complex task of caring for the homebound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-364
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • homebound
  • multidisciplinary care
  • nurse practitioner
  • team-based care


Dive into the research topics of 'The team approach to home-based primary care: Restructuring care to meet individual, program, and system needs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this