Primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs through the development of a sustained partnership with patients and practicing in the context of family and community. The guiding principles of primary health care are ready accessibility to care, public participation, home care, health education and application of evidence-based medical care for acute and chronic conditions to all age groupsâ. Family practice is major area of health care that includes the specialized care for people of all age groups.
The increased prevalence of communicable, non-comunicable diseases, the global expanding of the elderly population, significant mental health issues, rising health costs, overutilization and medicalization of illnesses necessitate the need for a reliable community-based health care team. Efforts towards efficient, well organized family medicine speciality programs will produce needed, commited, and skilled primary care or family physicians that qualify them to provide continuous, comprehensive and accountable evidence-based health care for patients of all age groupsâ Birrer RB, Al-Enazy H, Sarru E (2014) Family Medicine in Saudi Arabia- Next Steps. Family practice journals discuss the various issues experienced by family physicians during consultation and care. These journals thus help in providing essential information on specialized care.
Last date updated on June, 2014