General practice

James A Dickinson
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04250.x
Published online: 7 January 2002

General practitioners remain the linchpin of frontline medical care, and continue to aim for comprehensive, coordinated care for their patients. Recent advances in general practice have focused on equipping GPs to better provide such care. Both international and within-country comparisons show that healthcare systems based on primary care produce better overall health outcomes than systems based on specialists.1

  • Department of Community and Family Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 4/F, School of Public Health, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong, SAR, China.


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