Category archives for Volume 3 Issue 3

The innovations in China’s primary health care reform

universal health insurance coverage in China

Authors: Lin, Feng; Sun, Qihong; Peng, Zhangping; Cai, Jun; Geanacopoulos, Philip; Li, Lin; Zhao, Yun; Zhang, Xin; Chen, Xiaoxiao Objective: This study focuses on Hangzhou, a Chinese city with a population of nine million urban and rural residents, to examine the successful development and innovation experience of its primary health care service system during the new health reform in China since 2009 and […]

Primary health care, a concept to be fully understood and implemented

Primary health care, a concept to be fully understood and implemented in current China’s health care reform

Authors: Xu, Guoping; Wang, Jiaji The English concept “primary health care” (PHC) has been misunderstood and wrongly interpreted in Chinese as “entry-level health care” for more than a half century. On the other hand, specialty care was considered “advanced health care.” This misconception of PHC permeated the government and the health care field with many negative […]

Family medicine: Global health in practice

Family medicine: Global health in practice

Author: Morikawa, Masahiro J. For nearly 40 years, family medicine has been providing guiding principles in major global health programs. This article has two aims: (1) to review past major global health campaigns with a specific focus on the roles of family medicine to illustrate its relevance in global health, and (2) to address practical […]

Survival in men older than 75 years with low- and intermediate-grade prostate cancer

Survival in men older than 75 years with low- and intermediate-grade prostate cancer

Authors: Kou, Tzuyung D.; Koroukian, Siran M.; Fu, Pingfu; Raghavan, Derek; Cooper, Gregory S; Li, Li Objective: Recent studies have reported the underuse of active surveillance or watchful waiting for low-risk prostate cancer in the United States. This study examined prostate cancer‐specific and all-cause death in elderly patients older than 75 years with low-risk tumors managed with active treatment versus […]

Primary care clinicians’ strategies to overcome financial barriers

Primary care clinicians’ strategies to overcome financial barriers to specialty health care for uninsured patients

Authors: Werner, James J.; Corbett, Kitty K. Objective: This study describes strategies used by federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to assist medically uninsured patients in obtaining specialty health care services. Methods: Qualitative methods were used to study strategies for obtaining specialty health care for uninsured patients. Data were gathered from 10 primary care clinicians at three […]

Disconnect between primary care and cancer follow-up care

Disconnect between primary care and cancer follow-up care: An exploratory study from Odisha, India

Authors: Pati, Sanghamitra; Nayak, Sukdev; Weller, David Objective: There has been a steady increase in the demand for cancer follow-up care in India. Compared with Western countries, there is little evidence on the capacity of the Indian primary care workforce to accommodate such tasks. We explored the perceptions of oncologists, general practitioners, and patients with regard to […]

Stool DNA-based versus colonoscopy-based colorectal cancer screening

Stool DNA-based versus colonoscopy-based colorectal cancer screening: patient perceptions and preferences

Authors: Abola, Matthew V.; Fennimore, Todd F.; Chen, Marcia M.; Chen, Zhengyi; Sheth, Ashutosh K.; Cooper, Gregory; Li, Li Objective: Stool DNA (sDNA) tests offer a noninvasive form of colon cancer screening for patients, and although the test is expected to increase uptake of colon cancer screening, it is unknown if patients’ perceptions of the sDNA test differ according to race […]