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How do shared medical appointments (SMAs) work?

Everyone who participates in a shared medical appointment (SMA) agrees ahead of time to share their personal information with each other. People are put into groups according to their sex, age and type of diabetes. There is a moderator to keep the SMA on time. The moderator will discuss key medical information that relates to a topic that is brought up by someone in the group. A third staff person in the room is a scribe, or someone who takes notes. This person records what the doctor says to each person and takes care of any prescription or referral needs. 

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