CONTINUITY OF CARE: THE CASE IN FAMILY PRACTICE IN TURKEY
Continuity of care is one of the fundamental principles of fa-mily medicine. Continuity of care traditionally means care from one doctor over time and it may determine the degree to which a personal relationship between doctor and patient is allowed to develop. Seeing the same patients increases the doctor’s job satisfaction in addition to patient satisfaction but requires personal commitment and high personal availability. Continuity of care may be declining with current trends in the organisational development of primary health care in some developed countries. Recently some reform efforts have been observed in the delivery of health services in our country. Some organisational changes in the health centres are necessary to adopt the principles of family practice in the delivery of primary health care services. In this paper, I tried to review the troubles with continuity of care and to interpret the developments and practices in primary care of our health care system in the light of general considerations about continuity of care. Although continuity of care is costly to deliver in the day-to-day service, personal doctoring is still an essential part of good family practice.