Barbara Starfield

(Reviewed by Josefien Van Olmen

This commentary is the last paper published by the Grand Lady of primary care, Barbara Starfield. Many tributes have already been made to her, which I can only give my humble affirmation to.

This last paper is a commentary guiding two other papers in the journal of epidemiology and community health (Revitalising primary healthcare requires an equitable global economic system – now more than ever, by Sanders et al; and Primary health care and the social determinants of health: essential and complementary approaches for reducing inequities in health, by Rasanathan et al). Starfield explains with the patience of a wise mother the difference between primary care and primary health care, than progressing with an analysis of how the former gradually evolved into something closer to the latter. A must read, if not least to respect the author and her life-time achievements.


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