primary care

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primary care

The initial medical care given to an outpatient by a general health care provider, especially a family physician, internist, or pediatrician, usually as part of regular, nonemergency care, and sometimes followed by referral to other medical providers.
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Noun1.primary care - the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)
medical aid, medical care - professional treatment for illness or injury
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pri·mar·y care

n. atención inicial del paciente.
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Primary care is delivered by physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics.
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While several physician groups oppose the perceived replacement of physicians with nurse practitioners as primary care clinicians, a survey finds that more physicians would recommend that qualified students pursue careers as nurse practitioners rather than as primary care physicians.
It has long been recognized that primary care settings and physicians have a significant role in mental health treatment and services.
It was agreed that WONCA should ask governments, policy makers and stakeholders to ensure establishment of departments of family medicine in medical colleges and provide protected funds for primary care research.
She chose family medicine, one of 65 UMass students graduating this year who selected a primary care specialty.
Witnesses delivered that message today in Washington at a hearing on the future of primary care that was organized by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) primary health and aging subcommittee.
A panel consisting of the various primary care providers in Wisconsin shared their respective association's vision of primary care and the barriers for achievement.
When the patient visited his primary care physician the following week, he was seen by an associate of his regular doctor.
Primary care providers are typically the first contact for people with undiagnosed health issues.
Many individuals and families struggle with paying large premiums for their monthly primary care. They are paying more but getting less coverage than in the past.

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