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March 25, 2018

The perceived impact of family physicians on the district health system in South Africa: a cross-sectional survey

Region: Africa Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: BMC Family Practice

The 2008 World Health Report "Primary Health Care-Now More Than Ever" defines strong Primary Health Care (PHC) systems as those systems which offer first contact care that is patient-centred with an orientation to the patient´s family and community context, embedded in a service that is comprehensive, integrated, continuos, and community-orientated, and in which patient-care is well co-ordinated. This report warned against oversimplified approaches to PHC in developing countries, which only focus on priority deseases or rely on unsupported health workers who are poorly equipped for the complexity of PHC. The World Health Assembly supports the report´s recommendation that PHC should be offered by a multidisciplinary team that includes a family physician.