Contributions of family physicians to health care services in Nigeria

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Contributions of family physicians to health care services in Nigeria
 
Creator Oseni, Tijani I.A. Salam, Tawakalit O. Fatusin, Akinfemi J.
 
Subject Family Medicine; Health services; Nigeria family physicians; health care; general outpatient clinics; NHIS; contributions, Nigeria
Description In Nigeria, family physicians are doctors with specialised training to manage a broad range of clinical conditions and pathologies when they first present, considering the psychosocial, economic, cultural and environmental context of the individual and his or her family. In Nigeria, family physicians may be found at district hospitals but are more likely to be located at tertiary health care facilities, where their roles in medical education, research and clinical services cannot be overemphasised. Many patients present to tertiary facilities with primary-care problems, bypassing primary and secondary care. They are often seen initially by family physicians in general outpatient clinics, where 70% of all problems are managed without referral to other specialists. These physicians are also in charge of most of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) clinics nationwide. They are thus the gatekeepers to the majority of tertiary hospital services.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor None
Date 2021-05-19
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v13i1.2943
 
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 13, No 1 (2021); 3 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2943/4651 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2943/4650 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2943/4652 https://phcfm.org/index.php/phcfm/article/view/2943/4649
 
Coverage Africa; West Africa; Nigeria — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Tijani I.A. Oseni, Tawakalt O. Salam, Akinfemi J. Fatusin https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0