BioScience Trends. 2023;17(4):322-324. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2023.01199)

The framework for modern community medicine in Japan

Kotani K


Along with the transition to depopulation and an aging society in Japan, the modification of community medicine and its related systems is required. With this in mind, the Japanese government has recently advocated two major plans: 'Community Healthcare Vision' and 'Community-based Integrated Care System'. This paper proposes a theoretical framework to understand modern community medicine based on the ongoing government plans. The key viewpoints consisting of the framework are 'community and/or region', 'care systematization,' and 'coworking with residents (citizens)'. This is expected to be useful for capturing and monitoring the whole picture of modern community medicine in Japan. Such modeling might aid in the future development of medicine and medical science, as in other developed countries.

KEYWORDS: community health, community coalition, healthcare system, medical care, medical model

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