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Open Access A perspective on the development of family medicine in China

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Family medicine is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive primary care for people of all ages. It has been recognized and developed as the foundation of modern healthcare system in all other advanced countries (except USA), and has enjoyed great success in the improvement of national health status and constraint of healthcare expenditure. The new healthcare reform plan and the development of family medicine system in China with focus on the wellbeing of all people have been hailed as a historic milestone. Establishment of a new specialty from scratch into a massive work force, however, has proven to be a tremendous challenge. With strong momentum from central government and the support of favorable finance and policy, a great achievement could be made when the healthcare model has truly changed from specialty care into primary care in medical education institutions and the healthcare industry, and the creation of hundreds of family medicine residency training programs has been accomplished. This article elucidated some perspectives and strategies on the development of family medicine in China.
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Keywords: Family medicine; General practice; Primary healthcare; Residency training; compensation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-03-01

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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