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Asia Pacific Family Medicine is an open access journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of high quality regional research, and aims to enhance the standards of family medicine by focusing on best practice.

Family medicine embraces the disciplines of primary care, general practice and community medicine. It is a discipline that emphasizes comprehensive and continuous care of referred patients, and for non-referred, undifferentiated problems irrespective of patient age, gender or ethnicity and is usually centred within the community but may embrace some hospital settings. Medical care in this environment addresses the bio-psycho-social nature of illness, providing holistic care for the total patient irrespective of their problem. The journal welcomes practical, relevant articles covering the broad range of interests within the field of family medicine.

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The Lyn Clearihan Award aims to raise the standard of primary care research. The fourth Lyn Clearihan Award for the Best Paper was presented at the WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Kuching 2014 to Ikuko Aoyama, Shinichi Koyama and Haruo Hibino. The award winning paper was:

Self-medication behaviors among Japanese consumers: sex, age, and SES differences and caregivers’ attitudes toward their children’s health management
Asia Pacific Family Medicine 2012, 11:7

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