Integrated care and training in family practice

Integrated care and training in family practice in the 21st century: Taiwan as an example

Author: Lee, Meng-Chih

As the President-elect for the Asia Pacific region of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), I would like to share my thoughts with Family Medicine and Community Health readers. In the 21st century, the new directions of family practice aim to provide patient-centered and prevention-oriented holistic care to members of the public in their communities, with an emphasis on the self-caring model and treatment of chronic diseases. Most previous studies have shown that countries with healthier populations have better primary health care systems. For a vigorous population, improving the medical health care system, providing comprehensive care for patients, and interinstitutional coordination are essential. With limited resources, family physicians can have an important role to enrich the health care system; for example, the patient-centered medical home in the United States and the accountable family physicians system through the Family Physician Integrated Care Project (FPICP) led by community medical teams (CMTs) in every community in Taiwan.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2015.0134