what is family medicine
Written by Dr. Nazmi Alsawalhi   
Friday, 27 August 2010

  Sample ImageMedical practice has become increasingly disease oriented, organ-system centered, hospital-based and disconnected from public health delivery


Hospital oriented specialists have come to dominate most health care organizations. As the physician workforce has become increasingly sub specialized, the care of patient problems has become increasingly fragmented in many countries. While the advance of medical knowledge and the specialization of the physician workforce have improved the quality of care, it has also worsened access to care, particularly for those without insurance coverage


In many countries, public dissatisfaction with the system of medical practice is growing. Many patients do not have a regular personal physician they know and with whom they have a sustained relationship over time. The public became increasingly vocal about the fragmentation of their care and the shortage of personal physicians who could provide initial, continuing and comprehensive care. Thus began the reorientation of medicine back to personal, primary care. The concept of the generalist was reborn with the establishment of family medicine as medicine's twentieth specialty

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Definition
Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.
 
Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating (1) knowledge, (2) skill and (3) process. Although knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family medicine process is unique. At the center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties.

Basket of Services provided by family physician
Health assessment
Health promotion
care for acute medical illnesses
Chronic disease management
Well women  care
Well-child care and child development
Primary mental health care
Rehabilitation
Supportive and end of life care


 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 August 2010 )