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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: The concept and measurement of continuity in primary care
Name of author(s): J. Rogers, Peter Curtis
Name of publisher: AJPH
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Continuity of care, a stated fundamental principle of family medicine, is reviewed in terms of its philosophy and definitions. A model of continuity in primary medical practice is proposed, consisting of five elements: the provider, consumer, encounter type, knowledge base, and environment of continuity. The elements are measurable, some more easily than others. There is need to define and operationalize the model more accurately in order to evaluate continuity in primary care medicine.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
This article describe philosophical concepts in continuity of care and a review of the definition and measurement.
In particular, this article describe a proposed model of continuity with the aim to underline the dimensions of continuity of care: geographical dimension, interdisciplinary dimension, relationship dimension, informational dimension and accessibility dimension, chronological dimension and stability dimension.
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