Objective: To study the perceptions about Family Medicine among patients visiting Specialist Physicians for treatment.
Methods: A questionnaire based survey was conducted at the Specialist Clinic, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, in June 2004. Trained volunteers administered the questionnaire among patients visiting Specialist Physicians for treatment. Confidentiality was ensured to all patients and written informed consent was taken as part of the ethical requirements for the conduct of the study. SPSS computer software and Microsoft Excel were used for data management.
Results: A total of 100 patients visiting the Specialist Clinic were interviewed, of which fifty four (54%) were women and forty six (46%) were men. The mean age was 36.3 years. Twenty four (24%) respondents had graduate education. Being well-mannered, being familiar with a family's medical history and possessing the abilities to conduct proper checkups were quoted as main characteristics of Family Physicians by thirty eight (38%), seventeen (17%) and twenty five (25%) respondents respectively. If they had a chest pain, fifty six (56%), forty three (43%) and one (1%) respondents would consult a Family Physician, Cardiologist and Chest Specialist, respectively.
Conclusion: We have documented perceptions regarding family medicine among patient's visiting Specialist Physicians for treatment. It is recommended that programs highlighting role and functions of family medicine should be started for the public
Journal of Pakistan Medical Association
(2004). Perception about family physicians: results of a survey of patients visiting specialist clinics for treatment. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, 54, 589.
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