Table 1

The concept of continuity of care

Chronologic or longitudinalUse of repeated patient observations over a period of time as a diagnostic and management tool
InformationalAvailability of accurate information from one health care encounter to another
GeographicCare of the patient in a variety of locations
InterpersonalEstablishment of rapport and a trusting relationship between a physician and patient; also refers to the relationships that family physicians have with other health care providers
FamilyKnowledge about and understanding of the patient, the patient’s family, and the patient’s community
InterdisciplinaryManagement of several body systems and diseases at the same time
  • Data from Tannenbaum et al.1