About this Research Topic
Primary health care (PHC) is the most accessible and frequent contact of the population with health services; and is key to a comprehensive, holistic, longitudinal, and person-centered approach to the health and well-being of the population. Therefore, PHC research is in an optimal position to address the social determinants of health, the delicate balance between risk factors and healthy lifestyles, the challenges in diagnostic and treatment decisions, the perspective and preferences of the patient and their social context, and to analyze all levels of care, including social sectors and the community as a whole.
Our goal is highlight relevant research of the highest quality within primary health care, where an evidence-based culture informs efforts to improve the health of citizens and health services.
Articles may address health promotion, improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. With a focus on; interventions in chronic conditions, the patient experience, improvements in the skills needed to engage in self-care, shared decision-making, and gender equity.
Other research aimed at analyzing large health information databases, telemedicine strategies, decision-making support tools or developing appropriate methodologies to improve the quality of research projects should also be included.
Potential topics can include but are not limited to:
• The impact of health promotion and primary prevention strategies with a gender perspective in the field of primary care and the community.
• The optimization and sustainability of diagnostic, therapeutic processes and non-pharmacological interventions for the most frequent and/or relevant pathologies in the field.
• Co-design, research and implementation of strategies and interventions focused on the patient in primary care and the community, to increase the empowerment and autonomy of patients.
• Population cohorts based on real health care data to support decision-making on the most prevalent diseases.
• Digital health solutions to improve care in primary care.
• Methodologies for research in health services.
Keywords: Decision Making, Health promotion, Healthy Lifestyle, Multiple chronic conditions;, Patient-centered care, Pragmatic clinical trials, Primary health care, Self Care, Social determinants of health, Telemedicine
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