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Family practice is the medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is the specialty in breadth which integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The scope of family practice encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. Providers include family physicians, physician’s assistants, and family nurse practitioners.
These clinicians possess unique attitudes, skills, and knowledge which qualify them to provide continuing and comprehensive medical care, health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient’s advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consultants, health services, and community resources. (Source: Derry Medical Center / Londonderry Family Practice)
Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.
Choosing a Primary Care Physician
Choosing a PCP is one of the most important health care choices you need to make. You should choose someone you respect, and who respects you and your health care goals and challenges. Additional considerations include background and expertise, as well as ease of access for an appointment.
There are several advantages to having a PCP, including that he/she:
- Knows your family and medical history, lifestyle, and habits
- Treats you as a whole person
- Manages chronic conditions
- Helps you achieve a healthy lifestyle to prevent future medical problems
- Coordinates your care
The best time to establish your relationship with your Primary Care Physician is when you are healthy, instead of waiting until you are sick or injured and need medical care in a hurry. A good relationship with your PCP can help to ensure continuity of care and peace of mind for you. (Source: American College of Physicians)
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