Prof. O.M. Korzh.
Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education
Department of General Practice — Family Medicine In developed countries family medicine has long found its niche and recognized as one of the most effective of existing systems. The family doctor has all the necessary knowledge of basic subjects not only as an internist, but also able to recognize surgical and traumatic pathology, provide primary care. This specialist is focused on the whole family: he treats both the child and the elderly family members, is aware of the lifestyle of each member of the family, their habits, heredity. He can also inspect a woman to watch her during pregnancy. For this family doctor it is necessary to have skills and knowledge both in the field of internal diseases and in numerous adjacent areas. Everywhere in Europe and in the civilized world, the process of improving and strengthening primary health care continues. The demographic structure in most European countries is changing, there is a sharp increase in the percentage of elderly people. The promotion of family medicine in Ukraine has a tendency, as a new generation of doctors — ambitious, fluent in foreign languages, rapidly oriented in Western specialized online resources.
Key Words: family medicine, primary healthcare, family doctor
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