The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health provides a wide range of primary care, preventive, and care management services to individuals, families, and communities in the Durham, NC, area. Two family medicine clinics offer comprehensive, coordinated primary care to patients of all ages — from prenatal care to geriatrics — and a wide variety of procedural services.
The department also operates community- and school-based clinics and wellness centers, as well as occupational health clinics and wellness programs for Duke University’s employees and employees of contracted companies in the area. Department clinicians also care for Duke’s student population at Duke Student Health.
Duke Family Medicine Center offers CenteringPregnancy® prenatal care for expectant mothers. The model of care replaces routine individual visits with group visits of eight to twelve pregnant women who are due about the same time.
In a two-hour visit, moms have a one-on-one assessment with the provider and plenty of time for group sharing and discussions. Patients participate in their own care and have time with their provider to discuss important information.
Patients receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, education, and support. In the group sessions, there is a facilitated discussion of pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as overall health, stress management, and more.