Family medicine involves the ability to treat all members of the family, no matter what their ages. This means treating infants and toddlers, as well as the elderly. Family medicine involves treating the most common illnesses associated with the health of a family. Wellness checks and physical exams are performed in an attempt to uncover potential health problems while they are still manageable. A family physician specializes in treating all members of the family, knowing their family history, and finding ways to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses that are passed down from generation to generation.
There are several benefits to having a family doctor. One of the most important is that all of the family's medical records are kept in one location, and the doctors at the facility have immediate access to them if an emergency would ever arise. A family doctor can perform physical examinations and a variety of screenings for conditions that he or she knows run in a patient's family. Family doctors often have a familiarity with a patient's medical history that allows them to uncover potential risks much faster than in a patient he knows nothing about. With a family care provider, children often grow up having the same doctor for most of their lives, allowing both parties to have a level of trust they may not have with other physicians.
When a person knows their medical history, they are able to use it to determine possible health problems that may appear as they get older. Doctors who have a patient's medical history on hand, as well as a working knowledge of some of the health problems their family members have been diagnosed with, can make a much more accurate diagnosis. Having access to the person's family medical history can point out potential health problems that may have been overlooked otherwise. Family medical histories are valuable tools that allow a doctor to see the entire list of potential problems and compare them to the patient's current state of health, making it easier to diagnose and treat many health problems.
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