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The Institute of Medicine Report, "A Manpower Policy for Primary Health Care": A Commentary from the American College of Physicians: Introduction and Discussion

MALCOLM L. PETERSON, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
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The introduction and discussion in this article were kindly reviewed by Drs. Scherr, Stollerman, and Moser and Mr. Jack Ginsburg of the ACP Division of Health and Public Policy; Mr. Ginsburg also participated in the development of the Commentary.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to the Division of Health and Public Policy, American College of Physicians, 4200 Pine Street; Philadelphia, PA 19104. Copies of The American College of Physicians' Response to The Institute of Medicine's Report: A Manpower Policy for Primary Health Care, from which this commentary was drawn, are also available from the Division of Health and Public Policy.


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Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(6):843-851. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-843
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In 1978 the Institute of Medicine issued "A Manpower Policy for Health Care," the report of a study of major issues bearing on the availability of an adequate number of physicians for provision of primary care and on potential strategies for an appropriate manpower policy. The report was analyzed by committees of the American College of Physicians, and they prepared a response to the Institute's recommendations that illuminates the position of the College on the fundamental principles of manpower policy. The "Commentary" that sets forth the College position is presented here. Some introductory comments and discussion provide a useful background to the "Commentary" for readers not familiar with these developments.

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