Accession Number : ADA338320

Title :   The Evolving Role of the Family Physician

Descriptive Note : Summary rept.

Corporate Author : COLORADO SPRINGS OSTEOPATHIC FOUNDATIONAND FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER CO

Personal Author(s) : Dickerman, Joel L. ; Cairney, William J.

PDF Url : ADA338320

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : The universal role of the physician has been outlined and generally recognized for centuries. Codified most clearly in the Hippocratic Oath (5th Century B.C.), the World Health Organization (1948) succinctly defined the role of the physician as the promotion of the health of an individual, health being defined as the absence of disease and infirmity, and the presence of physical, mental and social well-being. Added to that, however, and within that general framework, the family practitioner has a specific and recognized set of skills. Skills now necessary to fufill the emerging role of the family practitioner include problem differentiation, chronic disease management, preventive care, education (peer and patient), and research As medical technology and therapeutics develop at an exponential rate, it is essential that family practitioners participate in this development to assure appropriate application to the patient populations they serve.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT, *MEDICINE, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *PHYSICIANS, *FAMILIES(HUMAN), HEALTH, DISEASES, PATIENTS, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE