Shared medical appointments, or group visits, are becoming a popular — and possibly more satisfying — way to see the doctor.

But they do require divulging and discussing private medical information in front of strangers (albeit ones who have signed waivers not to talk about other patients’ medical histories outside of the visit). And while that makes some people understandably uncomfortable, a surprising number of patients are finding these appointments to be rewarding and effective ways of getting more out of doctor’s visits.

About 85% of patients who try shared medical appointments don’t go back to individual visits for everything from diabetes care to weight loss, physicals and skin cancer issues.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/08/07/need-to-see-the-doctor-you-may-have-company-on-your-next-visit/#ixzz2blNUAenA