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Realising the full potential of primary care: uniting the ‘two faces’ of generalism

Reeve, Joanne; Byng, Richard


Richard Byng


Faced with an unprecedented mismatch between presented health needs and resources available, we must rethink both how we deliver healthcare and what care we deliver. Work has already started on the ‘how’: notably with efforts to strengthen access and integration (improved coordination of the comprehensive care needed to meet a diverse range of needs). It is defining ‘what’ to deliver that is proving more challenging. To address emerging problems of over- and under-treatment associated with the undue specialisation of healthcare, we need to strengthen delivery of generalist medical care. Meaning we need to bolster capacity to decide if and when medical intervention is the right approach for this individual (whole person) in their lived context. We need to put the interpretive expertise of the medical generalist back at the core of our primary healthcare systems.


Reeve, J., & Byng, R. (2017). Realising the full potential of primary care: uniting the ‘two faces’ of generalism. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 67(660), 292-293.

Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2017
Publication Date 2017-07
Deposit Date Aug 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal British journal of general practice
Print ISSN 0960-1643
Electronic ISSN 1478-5242
Publisher Royal College of General Practitioners
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 67
Issue 660
Pages 292-293
Keywords Generalism, Primary care
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in British journal of general practice, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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