Primary health care

Primary health care is health care received in the community, usually from family doctors, community nurses, staff in local clinics or other health professionals. It should be universally accessible to individuals and families by means acceptable to them, with their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford.

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Strengthening primary care to tackle noncommunicable diseases in Denmark

Ageing populations, increased chronicity and multimorbidities challenge health services to continuously evolve and adapt. Today 80% of the disease burden is due largely to preventable noncommunicable diseases in the WHO European Region.

Main terminology

The terms primary health care, primary care, general practice and family medicine are often used interchangeably. Here are short descriptions of how each is defined by WHO.

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