An evidence based proposal of basic services that should be provided by primary health care

Bedregal P.; Bosanquet, N; Atun R.

Abstract

Background: Health care research has demonstrated that the primary care level can provide effective services. Aim: To propose a basic package of services for primary health care in medium income countries, based on evidence about its effectiveness. Material and methods: Scientific evidence for the effectiveness of primary care services was first sought through a systematic literature research. Interventions with evidences of effectiveness and appropriate for the Chilean epidemiological profile were selected. The cost in US dollars for a 100,000 inhabitant population was established. Results: Fourteen programs with evidence of effectiveness were selected: immunizations, infant growth and development surveillance, pregnancy surveillance, family planning, cervical cancer screening, diabetes, hypertension, prevention of stroke, smoking cessation, treatment of problem drinkers, depression, lower respiratory infections in children of less than 6 years old, tuberculosis and palliative care. The total cost as calculated in US$ 36 per person/year. Conclusions: This proposal must be flexible, according to local conditions and changes in evidence. it is based in the new universality proposed by WHO, that combines a high coverage in key zones with economical realism (Rev Med Chile 2000; 128; 1031-8).

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Título según WOS: An evidence based proposal of basic services that should be provided by primary health care
Título de la Revista: Revista Médica de Chile
Volumen: 128
Número: 9
Editorial: Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Fecha de publicación: 2000
Página de inicio: 1031
Página final: 1038
Idioma: Spanish
Notas: ISI