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Health Serv Manage Res. 1999 Aug;12(3):143-8.

Primary care: past and future.

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  • 1Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, UK.


There is anecdotal evidence of a crisis in the recruitment and retention of general practitioners nationwide and particularly in inner cities. The relationship between quality of service and single-handed or group practice is uncertain and confounded by other aspects of practice structure and populations. The review examines the factors that influence doctors to enter and remain in general practice. It explores whether initiatives designed to address problems of recruitment and retention have been evaluated in the past and suggests how could they inform current initiatives.

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