Providing First-Hand Care
Primary Care Physicians (PCP) or primary care providers are medical professionals who often serve as your first point of care. This should be the doctor or provider you visit yearly for your regular health assessment. Often, these physicians or advanced practice providers (APPs) specialize in internal medicine, family medicine, pediatric medicine, or general practice. They provide first-hand care for their patients both in wellness and in illness.
Your primary care provider provides preventative care, teaches healthy lifestyle choices, identifies and treats common medical conditions, assesses the urgency of a patient's medical problems, directs patients to the best place for their care, and refers and helps coordinate referrals to medical specialists when necessary.