A physician and author whose work defined the term primary care will receive the Baxter Health Services Research Prize next month.
Kerr Lachlan White, M.D., 79, published a series of reports on the population-based approach to healthcare from the 1960s into the 1980s. He demonstrated the value of primary care as a fundamental underpinning of effective healthcare.
As a young physician, White said, "I began to ask if we were really responding to the problems patients were presenting."
White will receive the $25,000 prize at the Association for University Programs in Health Administration annual meeting June 8 in Atlanta.
The award is sponsored by AUPHA and the Baxter Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Baxter International.
As a consultant to the federal National Center for Health Statistics, White initiated the collection of national data on hospital, ambulatory and long-term-care use.