Family Medicine and Community Health Journal volume 6, issue number 1 publishes

Beijing, February 16, 2018: The February 2018 issue includes an editorial, five original research articles and two Qualitative Exploration articles addressing various topics in family medicine in both China and internationally.

The first featured article in this issue is an original research article entitled "Type 2 diabetes: Challenges facing GPs" by authors Lili Huo and Jonathan E. Shaw. China faces a huge task in managing the large numbers of people with diabetes. General practitioners (GPs) are in a privileged position to provide first contact and continuing care for most diabetic patients. However, the GP system in China is still in its infancy and faces a range of challenges, such as a shortage of health care providers, GPs' poor adherence to guideline recommendations, patients' poor adherence to treatment, and lack of access to health care. In this article we describe the challenges that GPs in China are struggling with and some of the management and organizational approaches that have been shown to be successful in tackling diabetes and similar chronic diseases.

The second featured article is an original research article entitled "Chronic heart failure: Role of the GP in management" by Leon Piterman, Hui Yang and Zhaoxia Yin. In keeping with the global rise in the prevalence of chronic and noncommunicable disease, the prevalence of chronic heart failure (CHF) is increasing globally, with estimates of 10% of the population older than 75 years affected in developed countries, despite improvements in the management of cardiovascular disease more generally. This article discusses current management of CHF, illustrating the important role played by the GP in coordinating care. Management includes nonpharmacological as well as pharmacological treatment, and self-care with careful monitoring of salt and fluid intake as well as regular weight measurement. Care planning and team-based care are essential in managing patients with CHF, who often have concurrent multimorbidity and are receiving polypharmacy.Other articles published in the issue include:


Chronic non-communicable disease

Leon Piterman, Hui Yang

Original Research

Offshore teaching in chronic disease management: The Monash-Shenzhen experience

Leon Piterman, Hui Yang, Grant Blashki

General practice training in China: A multimodal experiential program provided by Australian educators

Grant Blashki, Hui Yang, Leon Piterman

Chronic disease in a digital health environment

Christopher Pearce

Qualitative Exploration

A qualitative exploration of GPs' perspectives on managing chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain in Australian general practice – a focus group study

Manasi Gaikwad, Simon Vanlint, Paul Aylward, Nigel Stocks

Assessing the implementation of the family care team in the district health system of health region 2, Thailand

Nithra Kitreerawutiwong, Sunsanee Mekrungrengwong, Artitaya Wongwonsin, Chakkraphan Phetphum

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Full bibliographic information

Volume 6, Number 1

Family Medicine and Community Health

ISSN 2305-6983 (Print); ISSN: 2009-8774 (Online)


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