Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) was founded by the Chinese General Practice Press as an internationally focused open-access journal devoted to subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal was developed to provide a window for Chinese and international colleagues to engage and exchange knowledge in the provision of general practice and community health services.
The Chinese General Practice Press
Administrated by the Ministry of Health (National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China) and supported by the China National Health Development Research Center. The Chinese General Practice Press (CGPP) actively serves as an agent for medical policy reform, primary health care development, and the support of scientific research in general practice and family health in China.
Aims and Mission of Chinese General Practice Press (CGPP)
The core mission of the Chinese General Practice Press is to be an agent for education and development in the discipline of general practice in China. Aims include:
- dissemination of quality peer reviewed scientific research on general practice and family medicine.
- facilitation of international academic exchanges and faculty training in general practice
- enhancement of international general practice communication and exchanges.
- help improvement of the disciplinary system of general practice in China
- coordination with the Ministry of Health P.R. China to promote community health services
- provision of academic support services for general practice research in China
Background of the Establishment of the Chinese General Practice Press (CGPP)
In 1989, the concept of general practice was formally introduced into China, and the first training center in general practice was established at the Capital Medical University, Beijing. This initiative was given substantial support by the international general practice community. Experts from Canada, Israel, Taiwan and other countries came to China to assist with general practice training. In 1993, the General Practice Society of the Chinese Medical Association was founded; this proved to be a landmark for the formal launch of general practice in China.
To facilitate the establishment and development of the discipline and to promote scientific research and academic exchanges, the Chinese Hospitals Association (part of the Ministry of Health P.R. China), set up
the Research Center of Primary Health Care. It has vigorously carried out academic exchanges and scientific research on general practice. After preparation and deliberation, the Research Center of Primary Health Care submitted a formal application towards the creation of the journal Chinese General Practice (CGP) through the vehicle of the Chinese General Practice Press (CGPP), and it was approved in December 1997. Funded and financially supported by the Ministry of Health P.R. China, the first issue was officially published in June 1998. CGP is the only academic journal of general practice administrated and sponsored by the Ministry of Health P.R. China, and the only well-established academic journal of general practice in China.
Peer reviewed Chinese Language Journal’s published by CGPP include Chinese General Practice, Journal of Clinical Rational Drug Use, Practice Journal of Cardiac Cerebral Pneumal and Vascular Disease. For more information on these journals, please click here.
When general practice training was launched in China in 1999 there was an urgent need for Chinese language standard training textbooks. The CGPP was tasked with filling this void. With the agreement of Monash University of Australia, CGPP was entrusted with the translation and publication of John Murtagh’s General Practice written by Professor John Murtagh. In more recent years CGPP has gone on to license and translate a number of other training textbooks. To read more on CGPP’s Chinese Language Book Publications, please click here.
As part of its remit to support facilitate international academic exchanges and faculty training in general practice, GCPP has also sponsored and organized many national community health initiatives and general practice academic exchanges jointly with the General Practice Training Center of the Ministry of Health. CGPP is constantly working to enhance international general practice communication and exchanges. CGPP has carried out elite general practitioners’ and faculty training with the help of international experts, which has promoted the sustainable development of community health services and improved general practice in China. Some recent key events include The 1st PKUHSC International Forum on General Practice & The 2nd GP’s Elite Faculty Training held in Beijing, P.R. China, October 2013 and the West Lake International Conference on General Practice held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China, October 2014. For more information, please click here