Table 1.

Characteristics of Family Physicians

Adapted from McWhinney.2
Are committed to the person, rather than to a particular body of knowledge, group of diseases or special technique(s)
Seek to understand the context of the illness
See every patient contact as an opportunity for prevention or health education
View the practice as a population at risk
Should ideally share the same habitat as their patients
See patients in their homes
Attach importance to the subjective aspects of medicine
Are managers of resources