Few people in the United States can identify primary care physicians

Am Fam Physician. 2004 May 15;69(10):2312.


Almost one decade after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined primary care, only one third of the American public is able to identify any of the medical specialties that provide it, and only 17 percent were able to accurately distinguish primary care physicians from medical or surgical specialists and non-physicians. This lack of discrimination compromises the goal of achieving primary care for all and merits immediate attention.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Physician's Role*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • United States