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What does the future hold for general medicine?


Jenkins, PF and Thompson, CH and MacDonald, AB, What does the future hold for general medicine?, Medical Journal of Australia, 195, (1) pp. 49-50. ISSN 0025-729X (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03192.x


General medicine is being challenged by increasing numbers of patients who are presenting with multiple comorbidities and a decline in numbers of suitably trained personnel to manage these patients.

A resurgence in generalist care, with collaboration between generalists and specialists, is the key to successfully managing patients who present with acute medical conditions.

Better funded collaborative training programs for general physicians, which promote a diversity of skills and address clinical demand in a proscriptive manner, are needed.

Research aimed at designing acute services to match local clinical demand is also required.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:acute medicine, Australia, biomedicine, clinical competence, clinical protocol
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:MacDonald, AB (Dr Alasdair MacDonald)
ID Code:119282
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-28
Last Modified:2018-01-19

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