Family Medicine Works

Family Medicine Works

Healthcare today is disjointed, but one thing remains the same: North Carolina’s family physicians are committed to providing comprehensive and continuing care for people of all ages – advocating for the patient in a complex healthcare system.

Family physicians understand the power of the personal patient-physician relationship, where trust is earned through a lifetime of care.

Unlike other medical specialties that focus on a particular disease or organ, family physicians take a comprehensive approach to healthcare with specific training in the following areas: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine. Other areas of medical instruction include geriatrics, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and urology. This training helps family physicians treat the whole person, with a unique understanding of how outside influences impact a patient’s health throughout all ages and stages of life.

Family physicians offer patients a medical home where acute, chronic, and preventive medical care, as well as routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations and screenings are provided. Family physicians also consult with patients on best practices for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Medical Home is the optimal environment to manage chronic illnesses, where coordination of care among other subspecialists is often required.

Establishing a therapeutic relationship with a family physician gives patients a medical home, and improves quality of life while reducing healthcare costs.