Reference : Analysis of definitions of General Practice/Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
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Human health sciences : General & internal medicine
Analysis of definitions of General Practice/Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
Jamoulle, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > > Doct. sc. médicales (Bologne)]
Resnick, Melissa [Health Center, Houston TX, USA > > > >]
Ittoo, Ashwin mailto [Université de Liège > HEC Liège : UER > Systèmes d'information de gestion >]
Cardillo, Elena [Telematics Intitute, CNR, Roma > > > >]
Vander Stichele, Robert [Institute of pharmacology > University of Ghent > > >]
Vanmeerbeek, Marc mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences cliniques > Médecine générale >]
British Journal of General Practice
Royal College of General Practitioners
Yes (verified by ORBi)
United Kingdom
[en] Primary Health Care ; General Practice ; Terminology as Topic ; Qualitative Research
[en] Abstract
There are numerous definitions of General Practice and Family Medicine (GP/FM) and Primary Health Care (PHC), but the distinction between the two concepts is unclear.
To conduct a terminological analysis of a set of definitions of GP/FM and of PHC, to clarify what binds and what distinguishes these two concepts.
The terms of 20 definitions were collected in two bags of words (one for GP/FM and one for PHC terms). A terminological analysis of these two bags of words was performed to prioritize the terms and analyze their world of reference.

The two collected bags of words were extracted with Vocabgrabber®, configured in two term butts using Wordle®, and further explored for similarities using Tropes®. The prioritized terms were analyzed using the Aristotelian approach to categorization of things.
Although continuity of care (with person-centered approach and shared decision making) is the central issue of the two sets, the two sets of definitions differ greatly in content. The prioritized terms specific to GP/FM (community, medicine, responsibility, individual, problem, needs, ...) are different from prioritized terms specific to PHC (home, team, promotion, collaborator, engagement, neighborhood, medical center…).
Terminological analysis of the definitions for GP/FM and PHC shows two entities which are overlapping but distinct, necessitating a different taxonomic approach and different bibliographic search strategies.
Unité de recherche Soins primaires et Santé
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