5269.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 4:30 PM-6:00 PM

The Primary Care Futures Project: An Agenda for the Coming Decade

The Primary Care Fellowship Society, the alumnae association of the DHHS Primary Care Policy Fellows, has developed a set of white papers and toolkits designed to assess the state of primary care in the United States, and to lay out a research, policy, and action agenda necessary to increase the degree to which primary care serves as the foundation of the health care delivery system. Primary care offers a model that stresses access, comprehensiveness and accountability. Primary care providers are trained to focus on the needs of patients, rather than on the power of technology. The model, properly applied, should improve the health status of the population by increasing the number of people who receive basic preventive services and care that is of proven benefit, and by decreasing the number of people exposed to unnecessary, and potentially expense and dangerous, interventions. Despite a widespread belief among health care policy experts that this should be so, the evidence to support this assertion is limited. In addition, due to a variety of factors, such as the backlash against managed care and the American culture's fascination with technology, there is little understanding or support from consumers and elected representatives for efforts that might encourage a greater reliance on a primary care model. The future of primary care, therefore, is uncertain. The Primary Care Futures Project is intended to propose a research, policy and action agenda that can increase primary care's role in the United States
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Anthony L. Schlaff, MD, MPH
Organizer(s):Darrell Gaskin, PhD
4:30 PMPrimary Care and Health Care Consumer
Ann H. Cary, PhD, MPH, RN, A-CCC
4:50 PMPrimary Care and Outcomes
Mark J. Young, MD
5:10 PMPrimary Care and Policy
William Paul McKinney, MD
5:30 PMThe Primary Care Provider Toolkit
Anthony L Schlaff, MD, MPH
Sponsor:Medical Care
Cosponsors:Community Health Planning and Policy Development

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA