Relational continuity of care has traditionally been an important core value of primary care. Research shows that relational continuity of care contributes to better patient health. However, due to social changes and an altered organization of our health system, it has become more difficult to put this core value into practice. General practitioners, for example, increasingly work part-time and general practices have become larger-scaled. Within practices, there is also an increase of delegation and specialization, leading to fragmentation of healthcare. A weekly rota involving at least three clinical consultation days for each doctor, the establishment of small general practice teams within a larger organisation, and a reduction in the size of a standard practice can facilitate relational continuity of care. In addition, it is necessary for GPs to concentrate on the core activity of their profession: direct personal care.
|Translated title of the contribution||Continuity of care in primary care: A bygone ideal or new perspective?|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|