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Revisiting the doctor’s role at the primary healthcare clinic

Bernhard Gaede
South African Family Practice | Vol 62, No 1 : Part 4| a5242 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v62i1.5242 | © 2020 Bernhard Gaede | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 October 2020 | Published: 06 November 2020

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Bernhard Gaede, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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With the growing evidence regarding the benefit of a primary healthcare (PHC) approach to both individual patients and for a healthier community, a number of policy initiatives in South Africa are aimed at strengthening services at subdistrict level. Historically, the role of the doctor in many PHC clinics in South Africa had been limited to a clinical role. However, in the context of wanting to have a greater impact on social determinants of health, the role of the doctor at the PHC clinic needs to be revisited. A wider role of the doctor, in the context of an expanded multidisciplinary team is being explored.


primary healthcare; PHC; individual patients; healthier community; doctor


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