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Special Communication
September 4, 2002

Family Practice in the United States: A Status Report

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The Robert Graham Center, Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care, Washington, DC (Drs Graham and Green); Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison (Dr Roberts); and American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, Kan (Drs Ostergaard, Kahn, and Pugno). Dr Graham is now with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.

JAMA. 2002;288(9):1097-1101. doi:10.1001/jama.288.9.1097

Since family practice was first recognized as a specialty in the late 1960s, considerable intellectual and organizational change has occurred in medicine, especially during the 1990s. To reflect on and reconsider the role of family practice in US health care, this article reviews the development of family practice as a specialty, provides a current assessment of the status of family medicine in the United States, and comments on issues that are of ongoing importance to family practice.