Forum Session

Primary Care: Why and Whither?
December 9, 2002


Karen Matherlee


This Forum session looked at the role of primary care in the United States. The meeting explored the status and future of primary care in terms of the delivery, cost, and quality of health services. It traced the history of primary care, offered commentary on primary care's role from the perspectives of a health system administrator and several practitioners, and addressed workforce implications (including the special challenges posed by the aging and browning of America).


Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Contributing Editor, Health Affairs; Larry Green, MD, Director, Robert Graham Center: Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care; Atul Grover, MD, PhD Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; Mary Mundinger, DrPH, RN, Dean, School of Nursing, Columbia University; Marguerite Salazar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Valley-Wide Health Services, Inc.; Nancy M. Youngblood, PhD, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner, Living Independently for Elders (LIFE)

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See also "The U.S. Health Workforce: Definitions, Dollars, and Dilemmas" (Background Paper, April 2003).

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