General practice and social justice
GPs identify and support a range of patients
- By: Lesley Morrison, Erin Owen-Choa, Islean Kinghorn, Iona Morrison
Do you see yourself as an agent of change or as someone who gets involved in the community and functions as a health activist? Perhaps you should consider a career in general practice, which requires you not only look after your individual patients but also to contribute to the health of the population.
In general practice more than in hospital medicine, you get to know your community, you can function more independently as a voice for your patients, and you can effect change. Health planners and politicians may be interested in figures and graphs, but it is often only when hearing an individual person’s battle with a health problem or with the healthcare system that the issues become real.
General practitioners (GPs) hear patients’ stories and get the opportunity to respond to them. For example, I (LM) recently saw a woman in lifelong pain with a spinal deformity from tuberculosis