Public Health and Primary Care: Partners in Population Health

Public Health and Primary Care: Partners in Population Health


By (author) Sian Griffiths, By (author) Alison Hill, By (author) Stephen Gillam

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 8mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198508530
  • ISBN 13: 9780198508533
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: numerous line illustrations and tables

Product description

This book is written for people working in primary care, who want to understand more about how they contribute to improving the health and health care of the populations that they serve, and for people working in public health, who want to understand the essential contribution of primary care to improving health. It sets out the nature, purpose and relevance of public health approaches to primary care practitioners and primary care organisations. Primary care teams have had a long established role in public health, providing preventive services to populations, through the registered population in general practice. This model of a registered practice population has withstood multiple reconfigurations and reorganisations within the NHS and is the envy of many countries trying to create a public health system with primary care at its heart. There are clear differences in approach, with the inevitable conflicts between the rights of the individual set against the responsibility to ensure services are delivered fairly and equitably to whole populations. This book explores this dilemma, showing how people working in primary care can cross the divide to become part of the public health system, and in doing so are well placed to make a difference to the health of their populations.

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Author information

Dr Stephen Gillam is Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. He is also General Practitioner Principal at Lea Vale Practice, Luton and, Visiting Professor, Department of Primary Care, University of Luton. He was previously Director of Primary Care at the King's Fund and has been heavily involved in charting the impact of primary care policy under new Labour.

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A great book, worth reading, that makes a great plea for the futher development of Community Oriented Primary Care...Read and understand it all so we can work as a multidisciplinary team for this ultimate goal! Int'l Journal of Integrated Care seeks to help the reader understand the complexity of health improvement, health care and health protection - and provides a pratical public health toolkit...a useful addition to a practice library for all primary care practitioners and their students to access and widen their understanding of the primary care/public health interface. Nursing Standard

Table of contents

1. What is public health? ; 2. Organization of primary care ; 3. How is public health applied in primary care? ; 4. The essential public health toolkit ; 5. Public health in practice: improving health ; 6. Public health in practice: improving services ; 7. Public health in practice: protecting health ; 8. Education and workforce development ; 9. Epilogue: Bridging the divide - future challenges