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Themes

The Value of Primary Care -- At Alma Ata in 1978, global leaders asserted that primary care is the central function and main focus of any just society's health care system. Despite this, primary care in the United States is in a state of crisis, in part due to public confusion over its role within the health care system. Through its research efforts, the Robert Graham Center seeks to demonstrate the value of primary care and identify options for enhancing its value.
Health Access and Equity -- Despite leading the world in health care expenditures, resources and technology, the United States lags behind other developed countries in most measures of population health. Overcoming this gap will require some fundamental level of access to all people in the United States. Through its research efforts, The Robert Graham Center seeks to inform policy that removes barriers to accessing health care and leads to a more equitable system of health care for all.
Delivery and Scope of the Medical Home -- The essential features of family medicine include its comprehensive scope, its continuity, and its emphasis on family and community health. The Future of Family Medicine Report calls for a medical home that has these features and can deliver a consistent set of services. Through its research, the Robert Graham Center seeks to clarify the functions of the medical home and how to support them.
Health Care Quality and Safety -- The United States must refocus on the delivery of safe, high-quality health care, a lesson made clear in the Institute of Medicine reports "To Err is Human" and "Crossing the Quality Chasm." Nowhere is this more critical than in the primary care setting, where most Americans receive the majority of their health care. Through its research, the Robert Graham Center seeks to reduce threats to patient safety and improve the quality of health care.