What is Primary Medical Care?
Primary care is the "medical home" for a patient. Primary Care ideally provides the integration and continuity of health care.
All family physicians, most pediatricians,
and internists are in primary care.
- Primary Care is the first-contact care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern;
- Primary Care is comprehensive care for the person which is not organ - or problem- specific;
- Primary Care Provides on-going continuous care for the patient;
- Primary Care includes coordinating all other health services as they relate to the patient's care.
Physicians who deliver comprehensive
primary medical care are uniquely trained in how to:
- Recognize early symptoms of serious disease;
- Distinguish between self-limited illnesses and problems requiring further medical intervention;
- Perform time-efficient histories, physicals, and diagnoses carried out at the quick pace required in most ambulatory care settings;
- Provide screening and counseling to prevent disease;
- Communicate with a variety of patients in a long-term relationship;
- Access and utilize social and financial resources for patients.
Primary care is an important form of health access for patients. A 2009 report by the New England Healthcare Institute determined that an increased demand on primary care by older, sicker patients and decreased supply of primary care practitioners has led to a crisis in primary care delivery. This has resulted in a vast number of facilities using less qualified personnel such as nurses and nurse practitioners to provide healthcare.
Dr. Schneider is board certified in Family Medicine with 15 years experience providing Primary Care. You should only trust your primary care to a board certified doctor that specializes in primary care.