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Community-orientated primary health care. The responsibility of the team for the health of the total population

Community-orientated primary health care. The responsibility of the team for the health of the total population

South African Medical Journal 73(4): 220-223

Community-orientated primary health care (COPHC) is presented as a framework for the delivery of primary health care based on the epidemiologically assessed needs of the population. It requires that the health team and the responsible agencies or institutions take upon themselves responsibility for the provision of care in relation to these measured needs of all those persons entitled to the service. This epidemiological diagnosis of community health conditions will include both the measurement of the distribution of health and disease states in the community as well as the possible causes for this distribution--this is in order to plan possible intervention adequately. It is concluded that COPHC is to the advantage of the community, the health team and the health care system.

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