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English and Italian national health services: Time for more patient-centered primary care?

Published:September 29, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2018.09.013

      Highlights

      • Timely access to general practice has become a common issue in this era of aging populations.
      • The common response to extend the opening hours does not sort out the shortage of workforce.
      • A more pragmatic approach has been to involve public pharmacists in primary care.
      • Public pharmacists' involvement might limit the fragmentation of pharmaceutical care.
      • Larger-scale organizations are a pressing priority for modern primary care too.
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      • Seeking identity in primary care. A survey on GPs trainees in Lombardy
        European Journal of Internal MedicineVol. 64
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          The role and identity of the general practitioner (GP) in the frame of primary care have significantly changed. The article of Livio Garattini and Anna Padula [1] compares the main traditional characteristics and recent tendencies of primary care in the English and Italian National Health Services. Through a comparative analysis the authors ask for more patient-centered primary care, recommending an holistic approach to patients and full access to services. Continuing the debate opened by these authors we emphasize once more the need to think over a person-centered model of primary care, reporting also some considerations that emerged from a recent survey conducted by the Social Healthcare Academy, PoliS Lombardia, Regional Institute for Policy Support.
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