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A community-based approach to primary health care

Khary K. Rigg , Doug Engelman , Jesús Ramirez

pp. 105-117

Primary care involves the day-to-day medical services that individuals require. In this way, care represents a central part of an inclusive primary health care (PHC) strategy. PHC includes the broadest scope of healthcare, reaching patients of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, geographic origins, and health issues. But when PHC becomes truly communitybased, interventions move beyond a focus on increasing access to service sites and information. At the heart of community-based health care is a reconceptualization of health delivery and planning. Community-based health care does not simply expand access to health services but rather deploys communities to give direction to any health initiatives. Ignoring this realm of agency reduces health care to issues of delivery efficacy. On the other hand, a PHC approach is community-based when health plans are designed from the ground up and reflect the everyday lives of community members.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61557-8_9

Full citation:

Rigg, K. K. , Engelman, D. , Ramirez, J. (2018)., A community-based approach to primary health care, in S. L. Arxer & J. W. Murphy (eds.), Dimensions of community-based projects in health care, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 105-117.

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