Primary Health Care
Theory and PracticeeBook - 2007
General practitioners and other primary care professionals have a leading role in contemporary health care, which Trisha Greenhalgh explores in this highly praised new text. She provides perceptive and engaging insights into primary health care, focussing on:
• its intellectual roots
• its impact on the individual, the family and the community
• the role of the multidisciplinary team
• contemporary topics such as homelessness, ethnic health and electronic records.
Concise summaries, highlighted boxes, extensive referencing and a dedicated section on effective learning make this essential reading for postgraduate students, tutors and researchers in primary care.
From the foreword by Julian Tudor Hart
“Trish Greenhalgh, in her frequent columns in the British Medical Journal…more than any other medical journalist spoke to her fellow GPs in the language of experience, but never without linking this to our expanding knowledge from the whole of human science.
When I compare the outlines of primary care so lucidly presented in this wonderful book, obviously derived from rich experience of real teaching and learning, with the grand guignol theatre of London medical schools when I was a student 1947-52, the advance is stunning.”
"Trish Greenhalgh is one of the international stars of general practice and a very clever thinker. This new book is a wonderful resource for primary health care and general practice. Every general practice registrar should read this book and so should every general practice teacher and primary care researcher."
Professor Michael Kidd, Head of the Department of General Practice, University of Sydney and Immediate Past President of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
“This important new book by one of primary care's most accomplished authors sets out clearly the academic basis for further developments in primary health care. Health systems will only function effectively if they recognise the importance of high quality primary care so I strongly recommend this book to students, teachers, researchers, practitioners and policy makers.”
Professor Martin Marshall, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, UK
Writing primarily for scholars in primary health care and those who aspire to enter the field as researchers or teachers, Greenhalgh (Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University College London) untangles the diverse roots of primary health care, emphasizing that different primary disciplines (such as basic biomedical science, epidemiology, psychology, and sociology) provide different theoretical lenses through which the multifaceted problems of primary care can be studied. While the author admits that she is biased towards her own areas of expertise (sociological aspects of illness and healthcare, ethnic health, electronic records), the book's single-author format offers a holistic overview of the field along with a consistency of style that can't be achieved in a multi-author text. The book will also be of interest to general practitioners, practice and community nurses, and other primary care professionals. The book is distributed in the US by Blackwell Publishers. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)