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Quality in primary health care: A multidimensional approach to complexity
BMJ
  • Iona Heath
  • Adolfo Rubinstein
  • Kurt C Stange
  • Mieke L van Driel, Bond University
Date of this Version
4-18-2009
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Details
Published Version.

Heath, I., Rubinstein, A., Stange, K. & van Driel, M. L. (2009). Quality in primary health care: A multidimensional approach to complexity. BMJ, 338(7700), 911-913.

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Abstract
In his 1913 novel Chance, Joseph Conrad wrote about the changing fashion for certain words: "You know the power of words. We pass through periods dominated by this or that word—it may be development, or it may be competition, or education, or purity or efficiency or even sanctity. It is the word of the time." Today’s word is quality. In order to assess the quality of primary health care, we have to define what quality means in this context. But who should make the definition, and whose perspective should take priority? The easy assumption is that quality should be defined by patients rather than by policymakers, politicians, or healthcare professionals—but who is the representative patient? How generalisable can any measure of the quality of primary health care be across different economic, social, and cultural contexts?
Citation Information
Iona Heath, Adolfo Rubinstein, Kurt C Stange and Mieke L van Driel. "Quality in primary health care: A multidimensional approach to complexity" BMJ Vol. 338 Iss. 7700 (2009) p. 911 - 913
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