A recent, national report on primary care in the United States of America finds that primary care is foundational to the health care system and critical to achieving health equity. The report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, was published May 4th by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report was inspired by the Declaration of Astana and the resulting global effort to prioritize Primary Health Care. Several international advisors supported the planning committee for the consensus study, including WONCA past-presidents Chris van Weel and Michael Kidd.

The report builds on the 1996 Institute of Medicine report, Primary Care in a New Era, for which Barbara Starfield was a contributor. An initial effort of the committee was to revisit and update the definition of primary care and produced this revision:

High-quality primary care is the provision of whole-person, integrated, accessible, and equitable health care by interprofessional teams who are accountable for addressing the majority of an individual’s health and wellness needs across settings and through sustained relationships with patients, families, and communities…more