Journal of Public Health and Primary Care (JPHC), a publication of the Institute of Family Medicine and Primary Care (iFMPC), is a peer-reviewed print + online 3 Issues journal. The journal's full text is available online at http://www.jssrp.org. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents. It permits authors to self-archive the final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository.
Aims of the Journal
Historically, public health and primary care have shared a common goal of a healthy population. There is a complex interaction between Public Health and Primary Care. The Journal of Public Health and Primary Care (JPHPC) aims to close the gap between Public Health (PH) and Primary Care (PC) through integration. JPHPC also acts as an interactive forum for primary care providers, policymakers, health care administrators, community leaders, social scientists, health care funding agencies towards the provision of cost-effective, personalized, continued, comprehensive, holistic form of health care to individuals, families, and communities.
Public Health (PH) is a multidisciplinary domain, defined as "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the society' organized efforts." The multifaceted functions of public health provide the necessary tools to improve health through health promotion, protection, and disease prevention at population and individual levels. Primary care (PC) providers have been principally focused on the individual's health, but are increasingly oriented to responding to the health of the communities they serve. Barbara Starfield has defined primary care as "the first level of contact with the health system to promote health, prevent illness, care for common illnesses, and manage on-going health problems."
Primary Care (PC) and Primary Health Care (PHC) are very similar terms that are often employed interchangeably; however, they derive from different assumptions and premises and carry different connotations. Primary Care describes the concept of "family doctor" and services delivered to individuals. The academic specialty is known as Family Medicine or General Practice. Whereas 'Primary Health Care' originated from the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration and describes not only a level of care, but a more comprehensive approach, emphasizing universal coverage, accessibility, comprehensive care, disease prevention, and health promotion, intersectoral action, and community and individual involvement (WHO, 1978).
The current service model needs to integrate key public health functions and interventions into primary care services. Primary care is the backbone of any effective public health system that aims for better population health. In settings where primary care has been effectively deployed and supported with adequate training and resources, family physicians and primary care teams only refer around five percent of patients from consultations onto secondary care. Countries more oriented to primary care have populations with better health and services delivered at a lower cost.
Who can submit
JPHPC is a multidisciplinary journal inviting healthcare professionals from various backgrounds interested in interplay of public health and primary care. Public health professionals, primary care practitioners, professionals of primary care specialties such general internal medicine, OBG, pediatrics, geriatrics, palliative care, healthcare administrators, nursing professionals, specialists with engagement in primary care, members of clinical and nonclinical teams are welcome to submit their work.
Scholars of all applied sciences, broad specialties, subspecialties, and other professionals are welcome to publish their research and findings towards an interdisciplinary dialogue for better health outcomes. The manuscripts may belong to basic, fundamental, applied, and clinical sciences.
iFMPC (www.ifmpc.org) is an organization dedicated to the strengthening of community-based primary healthcare services. The institute's vision is to promote international standard scholarship, training, education, and research within primary care in the urban, rural, and remote contexts. The institute facilitates a generalist as well as a multidisciplinary approach. The ongoing projects include pre-hospital clinical services and digital healthcare products. One of the institute's objectives is to engage with independent primary care researchers and encourage them for community-based research projects. iFMPC supports primary care scholarship through micro-grant research projects as an intervention towards academic resource development within the academic disciplines of Family Medicine and Primary Care. The institute supports the prioritization of Primary Care and Family Medicine as academic disciplines internationally. iFMPC collaborates with national and international academic departments and universities. The institute has established various publication projects to expand the scholoristic space and professional domain of primary care.