Family Practice Doctor Questions and Answers
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Nearly 15,000 family physicians play a major role in Ontario’s health care system, and family doctors have a deep knowledge of our system and they work hard day-in and day-out to ensure their patients get the best care. Family medicine plays an important role in keeping you and your family healthy and they are the ones who are there for you, and your family, when you need them.
What does family practice mean?
A family practice is a healthcare facility that is evidence based, family focused, patient centered, and problem oriented. Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person, and unlike specialists, family doctors treat every disease and each organ in both genders of all ages. Family medicine is built on an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship that emphasizes integrated and preventative care. Family doctors also support your family’s health through all the life chapters – birth, acute and chronic illnesses, and end-of-life-care.
What does a family practice doctor do?
A family practice doctor provides immunizations, screening tests, and performs comprehensive wellness exams and health-risk assessments, and diagnoses and helps treat illnesses. They also evaluate and analyze data to create a personalized treatment program that they closely monitor and then adapt to any changing health conditions. A family practice doctor also provides personalized counselling to help their patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and they oversee chronic health conditions, as well as coordinate care with other specialists when needed. They also collect, record, and maintain patient information, including your medical history and examination results. Family doctors may even deliver babies, and they can also perform operations.
What is family practice vs general practice?
Family practice focuses on meeting the needs of the entire family, and family doctors are specially trained to care for the whole person throughout their life – from birth to old age. Doctors in a family practice receive training outside of general medicine: gynecology, obstetrics, geriatrics, and pediatrics. General practice doctors see patients of all ages but do not normally specialize in one particular area. General practice doctors use their skills and expertise to help treat medical conditions and identify areas that may need continued support from a specialist.
What’s the difference between family medicine and family practice?
Family practice is the actual medical specialty that focuses on the total health care of an individual and their family. Additionally, family medicine combines biological, clinical and behavioral sciences and is not limited by the patient’s sex, age, organ system, or disease entity. The scope of family practice covers a wide range in its delivery for patients of all ages. At one end are family physicians who may be the only main source of health care for their entire community. Aside from maintaining a practice, they may also perform surgery, care for the ill in the hospital, handle major trauma cases, stabilize patients for transport if needed, staff a hospital and even deliver babies. Family physicians with this type of practice are very common in rural areas. Then there are family doctors who focus their care to an office practice and coordinate comprehensive care for their patients in a multi-specialty group. Family physicians deliver a range of chronic, acute, and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also may provide preventive care, including regular check-ups, health-risk assessments, immunization, screening tests, and personalized expertise on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians also help manage chronic illness and help coordinate care provided by other subspecialists.
If you and your family are seeking a family practice, we welcome you to contact us or book an appointment through our website. Viva Health Centre is home to leading doctors and cutting-edge technology, and we are open five days a week – from Monday to Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).