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edited by AIFA’s Office of Osmed and HTA

Glossary


PRIMARY CARE
Basic or general health care focused on the point at which a patient ideally first seeks assistance from the medical care system. Primary care is considered comprehensive when the primary provider takes responsibility for the overall coordination of the care of the patient's health problems, be they biological, behavioural, or social. Such care is generally provided by physicians (general practitioners, family practitioners, internists, obstetricians and paediatricians) but in some countries is increasingly provided by other personnel such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants.
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