Family Medicine and Family Practice- what do these terms mean? A health care provider involved with this branch of medicine typically sees patients who range in age from newborn through the geriatric years. We can see men, women, and children.
We evaluate the patient’s problems or needs by history taking, physical examination, ordering and interpreting diagnostic lab studies and imaging studies as well. We then develop a plan of treatments as needed. Some family medicine practitioners also provide pre-natal care. If a patient has a complex medical problem or multiple health problems, we can consult with specialists or provide referral to specialists who might be more of an appropriate fit for the problems. General practitioners or family practice providers were the majority of health care providers in the U.S. until the explosion of specialty care which came about in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Family medicine providers can deliver about 90% of all health care needs for people. This allows for more continuity of care for the patient and a better working relationship with their provider. Family medicine allows a health care professional to get to know the patient as a whole person, rather than just an organ system out of order. We happen to love family medicine because of the variety of patients and love the challenges of seeing multiple health issues. We have extensive experience, interest and knowledge in women’s health care, reproductive care and preventive medicine. We also love taking care of little ones!