The American Academy of Family Physicians has established the following definitions to better explain the goals, scope and philosophy of Primary Care.
Primary care is that care provided by physicians specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern (the "undifferentiated" patient) not limited by problem origin (biological, behavioral, or social), organ system, or diagnosis.
Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings (e.g., office, inpatient, critical care, long-term care, home care, day care, etc.). Primary care is performed and managed by a personal physician often collaborating with other health professionals, and utilizing consultation or referral as appropriate. Primary care provides patient advocacy in the health care system to accomplish cost-effective care by coordination of health care services. Primary care promotes effective communication with patients and encourages the role of the patient as a partner in health care.
Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group focuses on these areas on Primary Care:
- Executive Wellness
- Family Practice
- Internal Medicine
- Senior Care (Geriatrics)
- Men's Health
For more information about these primary care medicine areas, please click the pages in the left sidebar.