Leadership in primary health care: an international perspective

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Title Leadership in primary health care: an international perspective
Author McMurray, Anne Mary
Journal Name Contemporary Nurse
Editor James Davidson
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Australia
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Abstract A primary health care approach is essential to contemporary nursing roles such as practice nursing.This paper examines the evolution of primary health care as a global strategy for responding to the social determinants of health. Primary health care roles require knowledge of, and a focus on social determinants of health, particularly the societal factors that allow and perpetuate inequities and disadvantage.They also require a depth and breadth of leadership skills that are responsive to health needs, appropriate in the social and regulatory context, and visionary in balancing both workforce and client needs.The key to succeeding in working with communities and groups under a primary health care umbrella is to balance the big picture of comprehensive primary health care with operational strategies for selective primary health care. The other essential element involves using leadership skills to promote inclusiveness, empowerment and health literacy, and ultimately, better health.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/conu.2007.26.1.30
Volume 26
Issue Number 1
Page from 30
Page to 36
ISSN 1037-6178
Date Accessioned 2010-09-07
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38970
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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