Integrating strategies for podiatric public health, clinical services, and education

AE Helfand Department of Community Health, Aging, and Health Policy, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA.

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Changes in the health-care system will continue to modify the delivery of podiatric medical care and podiatric medical education. Podiatric medicine and its educational programs will need to focus on the management of care, special populations, and disease prevention. Future providers will need to participate as team members and respond to new patterns of care, including the special needs of the older population. This article explores methodologies for professional activities, administration, incentives for change, academic issues, innovation, implementation, outcome measures, and health policy development. Podiatric medicine must be prepared to establish standards, protocols, and guidelines to serve as the benchmark for foot health.