The Handbook of Family Medicine 4th Edition

Handbook of Family Medicine 4th Edition



Editor: B Mash
Edition: 4th Edition
ISBN: 9780190429218
Pages: 540 pages
Publication date: April 2017
Publisher: OUP Southern Africa
Orders: The Handbook is available at the OUP website.



The Handbook of Family Medicine fourth edition is an essential guide for medical generalists working in an African context. This valuable educational resource is produced by the South African Academy of Family Physicians, and includes contributors from the Departments of Family Medicine in South Africa. The text is directed at undergraduate medical students and registrars, who are completing postgraduate training in family medicine, and is a useful resource for family physicians, general practitioners, interns, medical officers, clinical associates, clinical nurse practitioners and allied health care workers in the primary care setting.


  • Learning objectives and mind maps, case studies, questions
  • Focus on the needs of family doctors in South Africa
  • Applicable to the training of clinical associates in primary health care and rural settings
  • Figures, diagrams and tables to make text easily accessible for rural doctors
  • Real life case studies
  • Approaches to a wider range of symptoms and conditions seen
  • New ways of understanding the consultation and patient-centered communication
  • Core dimensions of effective primary care systems
  • The role of the family physician in leadership and clinical governance activities
  • New models and ideas for community-orientated primary care
  • How to develop the primary care team through education and learning together
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