Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Primary Care Innovation
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About Primary Care

Primary care medicine focuses on the care of the whole person and serves essential roles that support the health and well-being of individuals and populations. Considerable scientific evidence demonstrates that health systems with strong primary care deliver higher quality healthcare, achieve better health outcomes, promote greater equity throughout the population and improve healthcare value.

The scope of primary care practice includes: prevention, acute care, chronic illness care and the coordination of care across different providers and care settings. Not only can well-functioning primary care improve the way healthcare systems meet people’s medical needs, but it also can enhance patients’ experiences when specialty and hospital-based care are needed.

Ultimately, the goal of the Center for Primary Care Innovation is deliver healthcare in ways that are better than in the past. To accomplish this objective, we need a talented and prepared workforce, investigations that answers important questions about how to make care better and the successful implementation of this knowledge within healthcare systems.

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