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Primary Healthcare: A Determinant of Positive Health Outcomes
A discussion on the implications of primary care access for positive health outcomes.
# 152488 | 1,079 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2013 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper relates that a healthy and regular relationship with primary care is among the strongest determinants of achieving positive health outcomes. The paper provides a definition of primary care and reviews several articles that demonstrate the positive outcomes in health that can be connected to primary healthcare access. The paper also finds from the research that primary care can function as an avenue through which healthcare distribution may be improved.

From the Paper:

"Before proceeding further with a discussion on the research implications of primary care, it is rational at this juncture to ascertain that which is fully meant by 'primary care.' Particularly, it is necessary to establish a definition which satisfies the implications stated by Starfield et al here above. This is not an overly rigid way of approaching primary care--allowing an array of institutional or non-institutional contexts to be viewed as capable of providing primary care. But its relevance is limited to those contexts in which preventative care, regular checkups, health screenings, consultations and other such core health services may be performed. Accordingly, we refer for a formal definition to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP (2010) identifies primary care as "care provided by physicians specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern (the "undifferentiated" patient) not limited by problem origin (biological, behavioral, or social), organ system, or diagnosis. Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings (e.g., office, inpatient, critical care, long-term care, home care, day care, etc.)." (AAFP, 1)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). (2010). Primary Care--Policy & Advocacy.
  • Quackenbush, J.S. (2009). qualitative analysis of leadership styles and the selection of quality improvement in primary care practice. Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest).
  • Starfield, B.; Shi, L. & Macinko, J. (2005). Contribution of Primary Care to Health Systems and Health. The Milbank Quarterly, 83(3), 457-502.

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