Woman's Era|September 2021
The life given by, we call ʻFamily Doctorʼ.
Jayanthi Subramaniam

Traditionally, the doctors to whom families visited regularly are called family doctors. You went to the same doctor irrespective of his/her specialisation. The doctors would give primary treatment and refer you to a specialist for further care. Covid care resulted in having a family doctor concept for all the ailments and that includes specialised treatment.

Family physicians possess unique attitudes, skills and knowledge which qualify them to provide ongoing, comprehensive medical care to each member of the family. A family physician is a doctor who has received at least three years of special training (beyond medical school) in the broad disciplines of primary care. These include in-depth coverage of adult and pediatric medicine, preventive care and OB care. Because of their training, family physicians are uniquely qualified to serve as Primary Care Providers.

Family physicians, through education and residency training, possess distinct 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 gender, 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.

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