Population health management is being increasingly adopted by health systems yet the importance of primary health care in influencing population mortality and the mechanisms that explain it are not well understood. Too often, primary health care is regarded as a service for minor health problems and for managing access to secondary care. This limited view is no longer tenable and it is time to be much more ambitious about the place of primary health care in health systems worldwide.

In delivering and planning health care and in re-building health systems after the pandemic, practitioners and policymakers in low-, middle- and high-income countries need evidence on how primary health care affects population mortality and practical advice to effect change. Primary Health Care and Population Mortality fulfils this need. Drawing on his long experience as both a practitioner and researcher, the author Richard Baker describes how primary health is crucial to the effect of health systems on population mortality, including its potential for reducing inequalities in mortality.

This accessible new book will provide invaluable information to leaders in service development and delivery, academics in primary health care and those working within international organisations that are promoting primary health care for improving population health. It will also be of practical value to general practitioners, primary health care nurses and managers and public health staff.

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages

Hard times

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

From certificates to statistics

chapter Chapter 5|25 pages

Communicable diseases

chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

Non-communicable diseases 1

Cardiovascular disease and cancer

chapter Chapter 7|21 pages

Non-communicable diseases 2

Respiratory disorders and mental health

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

Organisational features of primary health care

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

The patient–professional relationship

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

Policy and population health management

chapter Chapter 11|12 pages

The mechanisms framework

chapter Chapter 12|6 pages

New ambitions for primary health care