From Dr. Jane's Notebook

What is Medical Family Therapy?

I recently returned from this year's Annual convention of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. This organization, which has certified over 18,000 Clinical Members, celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Perhaps the most thought-provoking new concept of the entire conference was Medical Family Therapy. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.

When illness strikes, there is always the temptation to lash out at the caretaker. Malpractice suits have had a destructive impact on our medical care delivery system. Patients are angry and frustrated about becoming patients, and their families are stressed out. Medical family therapy is a way to help families through the emotional process and improve relations with the medical community. I believe it is the wave of the future.

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Last Updated October 17, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.