What’s New in the Updated European Definition of General Practice/ Family Medicine?
|Department of General Practice, University of Bordeaux, France|
|Corresponding Author :||Bernard Gay, MD, GP
Professor, Department of General Practice
University of Bordeaux, 146, rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux Cedex, France
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received May 14, 2013; Accepted June 10, 2013; Published June 15, 2013|
|Citation: Gay B (2013) What’s New in the Updated European Definition of General Practice/Family Medicine? J Gen Pract 1:111. doi:10.4172/2329-9126.1000111|
|Copyright: © 2013 Gay B. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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WONCA recently updated the European Definition of General Practice/Family Medicine [GP/FM]. Patient empowerment becomes one of the twelve characteristics of GP/FM, linked with person centered approach. This description of the characteristics of the discipline gives an explicit framework and describes the specific content of GP/FM. GP/FM is the specialty dedicated to primary health care, in a quality improvement perspective. Clinical decisions take into consideration of ambulatory clinical context, patient’s preferences in its living environment and current scientific data, in an EBM model. This definition is worth to be implemented in the three components of a medical discipline: care, teaching and research. Primary health care have to be developed because of their effectiveness and efficiency, and their ability to reduce health inequalities. The core professional competencies of GP/FM are clearly identified and must be taught the University. Primary care research must been larged to allow investigating different areas of expertise.