Developing primary care in Hong Kong: evidence into practice and the development of reference frameworks

Sian M Griffiths, Jeff PM Lee
School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Enhancing primary care is one of the proposals put forward in the Healthcare Reform Consultation Document "Your Health, Your Life" issued in March 2008. In 2009, the Working Group on Primary Care, chaired by the Secretary for Food and Health, recommended the development of age-group and disease-specific primary care conceptual models and reference frameworks. Drawing on international experience and best evidence, the Task Force on Conceptual Model and Preventive Protocols of the Working Group on Primary Care has developed two reference frameworks for the management of two common chronic diseases in Hong Kong, namely diabetes and hypertension, in primary care settings. Adopting a population approach for the prevention and control of diabetes and hypertension across the life course, the reference frameworks aim to provide evidence-based and appropriate recommendations for the provision of continuing and comprehensive care for patients with chronic diseases in the community.

Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:429-34

Key words: Delivery of health care; Health services research; Primary health care

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