Journal article

Bridging the Gaps Between Patients and Primary Care in China: A Nationwide Representative Survey

William CW Wong, Sunfang Jiang, Jason J Ong, Minghui Peng, Eric Wan, Shanzhu Zhu, Cindy LK Lam, Michael R Kidd, Martin Roland

ANNALS OF FAMILY MEDICINE | ANNALS FAMILY MEDICINE | Published : 2017

Abstract

PURPOSE: China introduced a national policy of developing primary care in 2009, establishing 8,669 community health centers (CHCs) by 2014 that employed more than 300,000 staff. These facilities have been underused, however, because of public mistrust of physicians and overreliance on specialist care. METHODS: We selected a stratified random sample of CHCs throughout China based on geographic distribution and urban-suburban ratios between September and December 2015. Two questionnaires, 1 for lead clinicians and 1 for primary care practitioners (PCPs), asked about the demographics of the clinic and its clinical and educational activities. Responses were obtained from 158 lead clinicians in C..

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Grants

Awarded by RGC Seed fund for basic research, University Grant Council, HK SAR Government, entitled "Survey of the attitudes and needs of integrated HIV and STI services in community health centres in China"


Awarded by Shanghai Key Discipline Construction Program in Public Health (Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning)


Awarded by Shanghai Excellent Academic Leaders Training Program in Public Health (Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning)


Funding Acknowledgements

This project is supported by 3 funding sources: (1) RGC Seed fund for basic research, University Grant Council, HK SAR Government, entitled "Survey of the attitudes and needs of integrated HIV and STI services in community health centres in China (2015-16)" (project no. 201411159004); (2) the Shanghai Key Discipline Construction Program in Public Health (Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, project no. 12GWZX1001); and (3) the Shanghai Excellent Academic Leaders Training Program in Public Health (Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, project no. GWDTR201210).