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Perceptions of primary care and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1449 (Published 16 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1449

Brief encounters

The NHS has long been characterised by its strong foundation in primary care. Primary care clinicians get job satisfaction from supporting people over several decades. But that is often not the perception of patients with long term conditions, according to a mixed methods study of 2001 patients undertaken five years ago (BMC Fam Pract doi:10.1186/s12875-016-0417-z). Participants regarded general practice as providing an essential but limited role, summed up as “minimally provided support.” Since then, funding for primary care and social services has declined, and doctors leave as they can, so support for people with long term illness might now be described as sub-minimal.

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