General practitioners with special interests

Risk of a good thing becoming bad?

David Wilkinson*, Marie Louise B Dick, Deborah A. Askew

*Corresponding author for this work

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• There is a long tradition of some general practitioners developing areas of special interest within their mainstream generalist practice. • General practice is now becoming increasingly fragmented, with core components being delivered as separate and standalone services (eg, travel medicine, skin cancer, women's health). • Although this fragmentation seems to meet a need for some patients and doctors, potential problems need careful consideration and response. These include loss of generalist skills among GPs, fewer practitioners working in less well-remunerated areas, such as nursing home visits, and issues related to standards of care and training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-86
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

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