168 pages | 6 B/W Illus.
This provocative and timely book examines the current state of primary care practice and outlines a new vision for the delivery of primary care services, primarily in the UK but also internationally. Encouraging a social compact between citizens, governments and the providers of care, the book describes how this will necessitate a redesign of the welfare sector to ensure it is 'fit for purpose' in the digital world. It explores the respective roles of the inverse care law and the rule of halves, systems theory and learning organisations, mutuality and active citizenship, and how these can be applied to improve service delivery.
Aimed at, and written for, all those committed to improving the future of the primary care sector in the UK and internationally, this important book will be of interest to students, clinicians, managers, commissioners, policy makers and service users.
Nigel Starey is a practicing GP, an academic GP and an advisor for the Care Quality Commission, UK.
Section one: Reflections. 1 Introduction: the burning platforms. 2 Key stones. 3 The sector's heritage. 4 The curent situation in primary care: from analysis to interpretation. Section two: Systems Thinking in Primary care. 5 Synergy. 6 Primary care as a learning system. 7 Archetypes and paradigms. 8 Mutuality. Section three: A New Digital Primary Care. 9 Thinking outside the box.10 New dawn – welfare; a new social compact.