FMX attendees got a first look at what FamilyDoctor.org will become at the end of this year.
AAFP Executive Vice President and CEO Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, introduced a video that touched on the updates and new features as part of Thursday’s General Session.
“We’ve heard from many of you what it is that you value and trust about the site, so we’re keeping the great things at the same time that we enhance the site’s functionality. Take a look,” Henley told the General Session audience.
Right now, more than 4 million people a month visit FamilyDoctor.org looking for medical answers and advice from a source they know and trust.
Developers built the new FamilyDoctor.org to forward family physicians’ mission of improving the health of patients, families, and communities. Come December, visitors to the site can expect expanded content and an improved user experience. The site will:
- Provide new health and wellness information—in both English and Spanish—that’s been reviewed by family physicians and patients.
- Deliver printable articles that can be used patient education handouts, ensuring that patients have access to leading-edge information.
- Offer patients basic diagnosis and treatment information with an updated Symptom Checker.
The new FamilyDoctor.org will be fully functional on mobile devices, so patients can easily find family physician-supported answers to new and breaking health issues.
All content will be organized in five main sections with clear navigation. The site will also offer monthly features emphasizing timely, credible content on specific topics that focus on achieving optimal health.
FamilyDoctor.org is operated by the AAFP. All of the information on the site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. Authors and reviewers of health content must have related work experience in developing or reviewing health-related content for a consumer audience and may be physicians, nurses, other health care providers, and/or professional editors with a clinical background.
The Academy requires that content from external sources that is displayed on the site meet the same development criteria that the AAFP applies to content it develops internally.