Family practice aka Family Medicine is a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and parts of the body. Family physicians are often primary care physicians. The aim of family practice is to provide personal, comprehensive, and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community. Family physicians in the United States may hold either a M.D. or a D.O. degree. Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That’s 214 million office visits each year in the United States – nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Unlike other medical specialists who focus on a specific type of disease or a particular part of the body, family medicine practitioners provide comprehensive care to patients of all ages and genders through all stages of life. They treat a large variety of different health conditions.
The most essential roles family doctors perform:
· Oversee your preventive care
· Experts at managing common complaints
· Diagnose emerging conditions
· Manage chronic illness