Primary Care

Primary Care : Concept, Evaluation and Policy

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Now available in paperback, Barbara Starfield's book discusses the many and diverse problems that professionals in primary care encounter. This successful book will help practitioners of primary care understand what they do and why, and will provide a basis for their training. It will also help policy makers understand the difficulties and challenges of primary care and its importance. As well as the systems of primary care and their evaluation, the author also addresses issues such as practitioner-patient communication, information systems, and medical records, referral processes, personnel, managed care, financing, quality assessment and community orientation. This popular book will be of value to everyone involved in primary care.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • New York, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • line figures, tables
  • 019507517X
  • 9780195075175

Table of contents

Section I: Primary Care: Concept and Goals. 1: What is primary care?. 2: A basis for evaluating primary care. Section II: Elements of Primary Care. 3: First contact care and gatekeepers. 4: Longitudinality and managed care. 5: Comprehensiveness and benefit packages. 6: Coordination and the processes of referral. Section III: Primary Care in the United States. 7: Characteristics of practice and practitioners. 8: Organization, financing, and access to services. Section IV: Issues in Primary Care. 9: What type of physicians should provide primary care. 10: Medical records and information systems in primary care. 11: Physician-patient interactionsin primary care. 12: Quality assessment and quality improvement. 13: Community oriented primary care. Section V: Primary Care Systems. 14: Evaluation of primary care programs. 15: Cross-national comparisons of primary care. 16: A research agenda. 17: A policy agenda and epilogue
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