The Contribution of Primary Care Physicians to Population Health

german translation / full article

Johannes Siegrist

Keywords: family physicians health inequalities medical professionalism medical sociology social responsibility

SummaryFamily physicians are confronted with new challenges in view of economic, socio-demographic and health policy-related changes. Among these challenges, a critical reflection on core principles of medical professionalism is required. According to the widely acknowledged Charter of Medical Professionalism (published in 2002) these principles refer not only to the preservation and improvement of well-being of individual patients, but equally to physicians‘ societal responsibility. This responsibility includes the strengthening of evidence-based professional performance, the availability of universal access to health care services, and the physicians‘ commitment to a reduction of social inequalities in population health. This paper traces the current debate on medical professionalism back to its origins in medical sociological research, and illustrates specific examples of primary care activities that contribute to a reduction of the health burden of socially deprived population groups. Keywordsmedical professionalism; family physicians; social responsibility; health inequalities; medical sociology

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