Intended for healthcare professionals

Research Article

Attitudes of doctors to the Alma Ata recommendations in Sri Lanka.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 15 November 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:1281
  1. M A Varnam


    A detailed postal questionnaire was sent to 400 general practitioners, hospital doctors, and Ayurvedic practitioners in Sri Lanka as part of a wider study to investigate the delivery of primary medical care. The responses to questions that were related to the Alma Ata recommendations, which aim at providing "health for all by the year 2000," and the perceived health needs of the population are reported. Basic sanitation, clean water, adequate nutrition, and improved health education were considered to be the most important needs. When asked to suggest one change in health care 30% of the doctors recommended the integration of primary and secondary care services.