Partnering with Community Health Workers for Better Primary Care

Kenneth Lin

First published 5/3/11 on Common Sense Family Doctor

In developing countries, most primary health care is provided not by doctors or nurses, but by community health workers who have limited or minimal medical training. In the U.S., in contrast, most primary care services are provided by physicians with extensive residency training in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. Even the emerging concept of the primary care team largely remains centered around the physician and his or her office practice.

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