Hello, my name is Trisha Greenhalgh.
I'm a Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford in the U.K.
I'm going to talk to you about the academic basis of primary health care.
In this lecture, I'm going to do three things.
I'm going to explain what academic primary healthcare is and why it matters.
I'm going to outline the different academic disciplines and
research methodologies that underpin academic primary healthcare.
Thirdly, I'm going to suggest some new research priorities.
People often ask me what is primary health care,
and the way I define it,
I draw on much literature here is that
primary healthcare is first contact care accessible to everyone in the community.
It's undifferentiated by age,
gender or disease modality.
It's characterized by continuity of a clinical relationship over time.
It's coordinated within and across sectors and it focuses
on both the individual and the population or community.
I liked this quote from Julian Tudor Hart who spent I think about
50 years as a practicing GP in a very deprived part of the Welsh valleys.
He said, primary healthcare is doing simple things well for large numbers of people,
few of whom feel ill.