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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2003|