Families and Health

  • Macaran A. Baird
  • William D. Grant


Since its beginning, family medicine has held that a complete primary care physician understand and relate to individual patients in the context of that patient’s family and social setting.1 As family medicine moves into the twenty-first century there is more support than ever for family-related themes to remain a fundamental component of this specialty. Even as medical treatment and practice environments become more and more technologically sophisticated, family physicians continue to need an understanding of how families influence individuals, how individuals influence other family members and often the entire family, and how families respond to stresses and strains precipitated by normal life cycle changes and health-related events.2 Family physicians must continue to use this knowledge to increase their ability to intervene in order to improve the health of our patients and our communities.


Family Physician Family Therapy Family System Physician Involvement Mental Health Service System 
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  • Macaran A. Baird
  • William D. Grant

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