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Department of Family Medicine

Family medicine or General practice is defined as the medical specialty that manages common and long-term illnesses in children and adults, focusing on overall health and well-being. This includes management of diseases within the scope of primary care such as asthma, diabetes as well as end-of-life care. Ideally, it is the family physicians that should manage most health conditions in a community.


The principles of general practice and family medicine are: compassionate care (a caring attitude towards patients and their families shown as kindness and a desire to help), generalist approach (a perspective on the whole person and the context of illness including family, culture and society), continuity of relationship (the interpersonal bond of trust and respect between family physicians, patients, and their families that develops over the life course), reflective mindfulness (doctors' awareness of their thoughts and emotions manifested as a sense of presence and attentiveness towards self and others) and lifelong learning (a commitment to personal and professional development by participating in learning activities and practice-based research that leads to better patient outcomes). Concepts such as care coordination, preventive care, access to care, professional competence, resource management and community-based care, are part of these principles.