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Revista médica de Chile

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DOIS, Angelina et al. Perception of users about an Integral Model of Family and Community Health care in Santiago, Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2016, vol.144, n.5, pp.585-592. ISSN 0034-9887.

Background: The integral Model of Family and Community Health care is based on three essential principles: patient centered care, comprehensive care and continuity of care. Aim: To know the perception of primary care clinic users about the elements that should be considered in a patient centered integrated health care. Material and Methods: Ten males and 31 females aged 18 to 78 years, users of two public family primary care centers participated in focus groups, which were recorded. A qualitative descriptive research design based on content analysis according to Krippendorf was done. Results: Seven issues emerged from the description of patients’ experiences: professional-patient relationship, fragmentation of care, continued care with the same professional, promotion and prevention, availability of services and patient records. Conclusions: There are difficulties to install an integral model of family and community health care. The concerns raised by participants should be considered in order to modify the design of these models.

Keywords : Patient-Centered Care; Primary Health Care; Public Health.

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