Background Zimbabwe has joined a number of countries that have recognized that family medicine offers an efficient way to meet the growing health needs of their countries. Like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the country has a wide array of pressing health demands that its health delivery system has limited capacity to significantly counter. This has seen key stakeholders in the educational and health systems collaborating to introduce family medicine in Zimbabwe
To explore the views of key stakeholders on the introduction of family medicine in Zimbabwe.
Method Twelve in-depth interviews were conducted with purposively selected key stakeholders in Zimbabwe. Data were recorded, transcribed and analysed using the framework method.
Results Introduction of family medicine training in Zimbabwe was welcomed and it was perceived that this would result in improved equity, quality and comprehensiveness of primary care. Some of the threats were a deteriorating economic environment, poor remuneration and turf wars within the private sector. The concerns were a lack of a shared vision for primary healthcare by the stakeholders, lack of recognition of family medicine in the private sector and that family medicine was unknown. Conclusion Stakeholders anticipated significant benefits to Zimbabwe from the introduction of family medicine, but also recognised the existence of major barriers and threats to successful implementation.||en_ZA