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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 284-287

Strengths and limitations of a family physician

1 Department of Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
2 Department of Family Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
3 Family Physician, Spandana Healthcare, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Family Medicine, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Dr. Resmi S Kaimal
Department of Family Medicine, Lourdes Hospital, Pachalam, Kochi - 682 012, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_297_17

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Family physicians (FP) practising in different parts of the world may require different sets of knowledge and skills to satisfy the needs of the communities in which they work as well as the requirements of the professional bodies with which they are registered. This article gives an overview of the strengths and limitations of the FP globally and more specifically within India, South Africa, and the United States of America. The historical context and evolution of FM as a clinical and academic discipline is discussed in this article. The article recommends suggestions for a better future for Family Medicine as a specialty thereby providing quality primary healthcare to the community, based on the needs of the population of each country.

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