A FAMILY PRACTICE MODEL IN ADANA
Objective: Many illness episodes seen by family physicians are difficult to define and label. International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC) breaks new ground by classifying three elements of an encounter between patient and doctor: The reason for encounter, the diagnosis or problem, and the process of care. This study aims to review the profile of a family practice centre in a southern city of Turkey (Adana) using ICPC-2.
Method: This retrospective study included three hundred and fifty patients admitting for the first time to the Adana Family Practice Centre between 1 January 2001 and 31 December 2002..Socio-demographic and medical information were installed using Epi-6 and analyzed using SPSS for Windows version 9.05.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 21.90 ± 16.02 years; 45.8% were male and 54.2% were female. Patients usually admitted once for acute illnesses. The most common symptom was cough; followed by fever-fatigue and headache. The first three diagnoses were upper respiratory infections, urinary infections, and iron deficiency anaemia.
Conclusion: The patient profile of the family practice centre in this southern city of Turkey (Adana) was in many aspects similar to the primary care facilities in other countries. The first three reasons for encounter were related to respiratory system, general-unspecified, and to neurological system, the first three diagnoses were related to respiratory, urinary and hematological systems. These should be taken into account to design the family practice curriculum.