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Family Physician: A New Role in Process of Development

Citation

Cogswell, Betty E. (1982). Family Physician: A New Role in Process of Development. Marriage and Family Review, 4(1-2), 1-30.

Abstract

Family physicians, the most recently recognized specialists in American medicine, are in the enigmatic situation of developing the occupational role which they simultaneously occupy. In 1969 the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association (AMA) formally approved family medicine as the 20th specialty. Both prior to and since this date the emergence of this new discipline has been heavily rooted in reforms to correct deficits in contemporary practices of patient care. Family physicians are dedicated to providing continuing, comprehensive, primary care to families. This approach is viewed as a corrective for the fragmented, episodic, highly bureaucratic, and technocratic care many patients now receive. Interwoven with family physicians' reform efforts are their concerns with establishing a firm position of status, influence, and academic respectability within the institutional structure of medicine. These two issues-reform and family

URL

https://doi.org/10.1300/J002v04n01_01

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Marriage and Family Review

Author(s)

Cogswell, Betty E.

Year Published

1982

Volume Number

4

Issue Number

1-2

Pages

1-30

Reference ID

1271