Future of family medicine

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 15, 2012, Western News celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special edition asking 40 Western researchers to share the 40 THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEXT 40 YEARS. This is one of those entries. To view the entire anniversary issue, visit the Western News archives.

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It is essential we determine best practice for integrated care of concurrent chronic illness in primary health care, which will require the development of rigorous methods for evaluating complex systems of care for patients with multi-morbidity.

Dr. Carol Herbert is a Family Medicine professor with cross appointment to the Department of Pathology, both in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. Judith Belle Brown is a Family Medicine professor in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with cross appointment to the School of Social Work, King’s University College at Western.