Community Primary Care

Description :

Community-Oriented Primary Care is a systematic process for identifying and addressing the health problems of a defined population. It can be implemented with the resources available in most communities. Community based health promotion emphasizes primary prevention and population based perspective. It is the goal of community health to have individuals in a certain community improve their lifestyle or seek medical attention. Primary healthcare is provided by health professionals, specifically the ones a patient sees first that may refer them to secondary or tertiary care. Community health can also be improved with improvements in individuals' environments. Community health status is determined by the environmental characteristics, behavioral characteristics, social cohesion in the environment of that community. Appropriate modifications in the environment can help to prevent unhealthy behaviors and negative health outcomes.

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