, 11:8,
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Date: 05 Oct 2012

Primary care in the Asia-Pacific region: challenges and solutions

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Asia Pacific Family Medicine aims to provide a forum for the dissemination of high quality regional research and to enhance the standards of family medicine by focusing on best practice. The ultimate goal is to enhance the provision of primary care to our patients.

Regional diversity

Geographically large and home to a substantial proportion of the world’s population, the region includes substantial diversity in culture, language, economic maturation and demography. Most nations share problems such as ageing populations, increasing complexity of disease, workforce shortages, a need for increasing technology and accelerating costs. Some project substantial growth in middle class affluence and aspiration, which are major drivers of demand for improved quality. Some still struggle with high child mortality and infectious disease prevalence, particularly with Malaria and Dengue fever. While some show potential to be the economic powerhouses of the near future, a few have substantial poverty,