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Primary care redesign for person-centred care: Delivering an international generalist revolution

Reeve, Joanne


Joanne Reeve


© La Trobe University. Person-centred primary care is a priority for patients, healthcare practitioners and health policy. Despite this, data suggest person-centred care is still not consistently achieved-and indeed, that in some areas, care may be worsening. Whole-person care is the expertise of the medical generalist-an area of clinical practice that has been neglected by health policy for some time. It is internationally recognised that there is a need to rebalance specialist and generalist primary care. Drawing on 15 years of scholarship within the science of medical generalism (the expertise of whole-person medical care), this discussion paper outlines a three-tiered approach to primary care redesign describing changes needed at the level of the consultation, practice set up and strategic planning. The changing needs of patients living with complex chronic illness has already started a revolution in our understanding of healthcare systems. This paper outlines work to support that paradigm shift from disease-focused to person-focused primary healthcare.


Reeve, J. (2018). Primary care redesign for person-centred care: Delivering an international generalist revolution. Australian journal of primary health, 24(4), 330-336.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 13, 2018
Publication Date Aug 13, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2018
Print ISSN 1448-7527
Electronic ISSN 1836-7399
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 330-336
Keywords Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health Policy
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Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull


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