BACKGROUND: The author surveyed and analyzed the changes of perception and satisfaction about family medicine. So that the outcome may bring us a reference to advance family medicine more. METHODS: 247 in and out patients in one general hospital in Seoul were surveyed by the questionnaire from July 26, 2000 to June 20. The date was analyzed statistically by SAS program. RESULTS: As for the knowledge of family medicine, 61.5% of the patients answered that they knew what it is, and the most of them, 54%, via medical institution. The office workers, married , and highly educated people tend to know more about family medicine (P<0.05). As for attitude, 68% of the group answered that family medicine is necessary, because "family medicine doctors give proper advice and consult through out all fields of medicine"(58.8%). As for the preference so prirate doctor, 56.7% of the group answered that they would register for family medicine clinic, and students and office workers are fond of family medicine(P<0.05). As for the satisfaction, 34.4% were ever been to family medicine clinic, and 35.5% out of them were dissatisfied, mainly due to the lack of knowledge of physicians about their diseases(70.1%). CONCLUSION: The perception of family medicine are still scanty compared to the old studies.