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Shared medical appointments (SMA) have emerged as a new way for healthcare professionals to see clients in medical settings. Typically, they involve one or more healthcare practitioners seeing a group of patients concurrently. There is usually a designated ‘facilitator’ (e.g. nurse) present, who explains the session, answers questions and manages the process. An SMA can be thought of as both an individual consultation and a group peer support session.