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[Editorial] Primary care is a team sport

Physicians are often called the gatekeepers of primary care, describing the providers at the front lines who orchestrate the steps in the cascade of care. Primary care is the first stop to connect patients—especially those with complex health needs, such as multiple chronic illnesses—with other necessary services, including specialists, after hours or home care, and social services. But a rising number of patients at risk for chronic diseases, an ageing population, and life-prolonging medical interventions have added new financial and capacity stresses on primary care systems, with primary care physicians making decisions from an increasingly challenging position.

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