Family medicine is concerned with the total health care of the individual and the family. Medical providers in this field are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments in patients of all ages from newborn to geriatrics.
They provide services ranging from preventive to sick care. Many common issues can be managed including physical exams, vaccinations, women’s services, medication management, and sick visits including cough, cold and flu. If you do need to visit a specialist, your family medicine primary care provider can direct you to the specialist that best matches your situation and will help you obtain a referral.
The broad range of training for these providers include internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and geriatrics all in one division of primary care.
When making an appointment in family medicine, it is common to see a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. All will provide high-quality healthcare to meet the needs of you and your family. Their attitudes, skills, and knowledge qualify them to serve as an advocate in overall health and in all health-related matters. Your doctor will help give you an overall view of your health and family medical history.
Proper diagnoses, treatments, and health maintenance is the highest concern for Family medicine providers.