The Family, the Hospital, and the Family Physician

  • Donald C. Ransom
  • John V. Dervin


Families and hospitals are two fundamental types of social systems abiding in relation with one another within the larger community. Their images and expectations of one another, accessibility to one another, demands upon one another, and points of contact are all important aspects of family practice. At some time during the course of ordinary life, a family, a hospital or extended care facility, and a family physician will all share a common interest in a patient/family member. A workable relationship among the three is essential for a complex set of exchanges and for hospital-medical procedures to run smoothly.


Family Physician Family Practice Hospital System Humanitarian Concern Multiple Family Group 


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  • Donald C. Ransom
  • John V. Dervin

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