Bridging the gap in ageing: Translating policies into practice in Malaysian primary care

Krishnapillai S. Ambigga, Anis Safura Ramli, Ariaratnam Suthahar, Noorlaili Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Lyn Clearihan, Colette Browning

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Abstract

Population ageing is poised to become a major challenge to the health system as Malaysia progresses to becoming a developed nation by 2020. This article aims to review the various ageing policy frameworks available globally; compare aged care policies and health services in Malaysia with Australia; and discuss various issues and challenges in translating these policies into practice in the Malaysian primary care system. Fundamental solutions identified to bridge the gap include restructuring of the health care system, development of comprehensive benefit packages for older people under the national health financing scheme, training of the primary care workforce, effective use of electronic medical records and clinical guidelines; and empowering older people and their caregivers with knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to ageing and self care. Ultimately, family medicine specialists must become the agents for change to lead multidisciplinary teams and work with various agencies to ensure that better coordination, continuity and quality of care are eventually delivered to older patients across time and settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalAsia Pacific Family Medicine
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Primary Health Care
Malaysia
Healthcare Financing
Continuity of Patient Care
Electronic Health Records
Quality of Health Care
Self Care
Developed Countries
Caregivers
Health Services
Medicine
Guidelines
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Bridging the gap in ageing : Translating policies into practice in Malaysian primary care. / Ambigga, Krishnapillai S.; Ramli, Anis Safura; Suthahar, Ariaratnam; Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Noorlaili; Clearihan, Lyn; Browning, Colette.

In: Asia Pacific Family Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2, 2011.

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Ambigga, Krishnapillai S. ; Ramli, Anis Safura ; Suthahar, Ariaratnam ; Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Noorlaili ; Clearihan, Lyn ; Browning, Colette. / Bridging the gap in ageing : Translating policies into practice in Malaysian primary care. In: Asia Pacific Family Medicine. 2011 ; Vol. 10, No. 1.
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