Table 2.

Suggested New Definition for General Practice

From Olesen et al.3
The general practitioner is a specialist trained to work in the front line of a healthcare system and to take the initial steps to provide care for any problem(s) that patients may have. The general practitioner takes care of individuals in a society, irrespective of the patient’s type of disease or other personal and social characteristics, and organises resources available in the healthcare system to the best advantages of the patients. The general practitioner engages with autonomous individuals across the fields of prevention, diagnosis, cure, care and palliation, using and integrating the sciences of biomedicine, medical psychology and medical sociology.