Rethinking general practice for the 21st century. The patient counts!

Joachim P. Sturmberg, Carmel Martin, Leon Piterman

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BACKGROUND: Increasingly, reforms to health care systems appear to interfere with the traditional (healer) role of the general practitioner, and are perceived to disrupt patient care and the therapeutic relationship. OBJECTIVE: To outline measures for the survival and future development of the discipline of general practice in Australia. DISCUSSION: In order to preserve longitudinal relationship centred care and high level primary care clinical expertise, health bureaucracies and general practice itself, must re-focus care on the individual and community, integrating new developments rather than allowing 'new ideas and system pressures' to continually distort functional general practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028-1031
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

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