Hong Kong Medical Journal
Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Effective primary health care is essential for a high-quality, equitable, and cost-effective health care system. The increasing prevalence of chronic health conditions and the ageing of the population are important drivers for the development of more effective primary care services.
In Hong Kong, recent health care reform proposals by the government emphasise the need for an effective primary care system, especially for chronic disease and preventive care. The family doctor model has been put forward as a possible solution.
The aim of the present study was to explore the incentives and barriers to adopting the family doctor model in Hong Kong from the viewpoint of patients with chronic disease. We focused on patients with chronic diseases, because of their significant need and demand on health care services.
Mercer, S. W., Griffiths, S. M., Lam, C. L. K., Lee, A., Wong, W. C. W., Lam, T. P,…Jones, R. H. (2011). Incentives and barriers to adopting the family doctor model in Hong Kong: An in-depth qualitative study of the views, knowledge, and attitudes of patients. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 17(3), 25-27.