A Trial of the Dartmouth, COOP Charts in Japan
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The affiliate hospital of Kawasaki Medical School in Japan first established the Department of Family Practice eight years ago. Six years ago they opened a walk-in clinic, without facilities for admission, in Kurashiki City, 6 kilometers from the affiliate hospital. The number of patients visiting for the first time exceeds 10,000 and 70 to 100 patients consult two physicians daily. A total of eight physicians bear the workload. The distribution of all patients by age and sex is given in Figure 12.1. The range of medical care covers almost all primary care areas, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, orthopedics, dermatology, pediatrics, total health care, and advice on life-style such as diet and physical exercise. Patients requiring admission to the hospital are treated by the clinic staff and other specialists.
KeywordsSocial Support Iron Deficiency Anemia Daily Work Ambulatory Surgery Quality Oflife
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