Shared Principles of Primary Care

It’s clear that family medicine cannot change healthcare policy and practice by itself. If all primary care professionals, and others with a stake in primary care, join together, they can amplify the voice of primary care in powerful ways.

In order to take a significant first step in this direction, the Engagement Team, in collaboration with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) engaged a broad group of primary care stakeholders in the development of a set of Shared Principles of Person-Centered, Team Based Primary Care. Building on the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical home developed 10 years ago, as well as other sets of primary care principles (i.e. Starfield, IOM, WHO), this effort strengthens rather than replaces those principles.

The Shared Principles were developed with input from:

  • A multi-stakeholder Steering Committee formed in 2016
  • An in-person working Summit with over 100 organizations represented in November 2016
  • Feedback from patient and family advisors
  • Two public surveys conducted by the Steering Committee that gathered input from a wide range of stakeholders

The Shared Principles of Primary Care are designed to move the United States toward a vibrant future of person-centered, team-based, community aligned primary care that will help achieve the goals of better health, better care, and lower costs.

As of September 10, 2017 over 200 organizations have signed on to the Shared Principles of Primary Care. The team invites you to read the seven principles, discuss them and encourage the organizations you are a member of to sign on.


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