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KMID : 1039620130030020124
Korean Journal of Family Practice
2013 Volume.3 No. 2 p.124 ~ p.131
Public Perception of the Need for Regular Family Doctors, Their Major Role, and Appropriate Training Duration
Park Sang-Min

Choi Eun-Joo
Cho Jung-Jin
Park Young-Kyu
Kim Young-Sik
Abstract
Background: The necessity of regular family doctors is rising due to the aging of the population and increasing prevalence of chronic disease.

Methods: We performed a nationwide telephone survey on 1,013 men and women aged 20 to 70 years in Korea to assess public awareness and perception of family medicine, as well as expectations regarding regular family doctors.

Results: About 90% of the general public in Korea demanded their own regular family doctor. Healthcare services expected from regular family doctors included quality care for chronic disease (93.8%), screening and early detection service in accordance with age (91%), psychosocial support for anxiety, depression and stress (86.6%), adequate adult vaccination (86.4%), and healthy lifestyle modifi cations (86.4%). Seventy-one point six percent of the participants knew about the practice of family medicine and 42.3% had visited family practice clinics. About 67% of the general public answered the term ‘family medicine’ appropriate for regular family doctor and more than 95% replied that the duration of resident training of regular family doctors should be the same or longer than those of internal medicine or pediatrics.

Conclusion: About 90% of the general public in Korea demanded their own family doctor and they expect family doctors to provide medical examinations in accordance with age; medical consultations; advice on lifestyle modifi cations for isease
prevention; and treatment for chronic disease and mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, and stress.
KEYWORD
Regular Family Doctor, Public Perception, Need, Family Medicine
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