Primary Care 101: A Glossary for Prevention Practitioners

SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, 2017

As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to change under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), primary care will play an increasingly large role in preventive care, including the prevention of substance use and related behavioral health problems. As more communities reach out and forge relationships with practitioners working in primary care settings, the need to understand the context in which primary care services are provided becomes increasingly important. This glossary offers an introduction to the basics of primary care.

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