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A family physician, more commonly referred as a family doctor, specialises on providing comprehensive medical care to each member of the family, regardless of age and gender. Since a family doctor is trained on treating almost all kinds of diseases and across various parts of the body, he/she is also often known as a primary care physician.
Who is a family physician?
A family physician is trained to provide comprehensive medical care and preventive services to each member of the family regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral, or social. These specialists, because of their background and interactions with the family, are best qualified to serve as each patient's advocate in all health-related matters.
What do family physicians do?
Family physicians treat almost all kinds of illnesses that do not require surgery. Besides treating diseases, they are also responsible for the overall wellbeing of the family. Family physicians are experts at managing, identifying, and treating common illnesses, including acute and chronic illnesses. They also emphasize on health promotion and disease prevention. They can also refer you to an appropriate specialist if your condition requires.
How to consult a family physician online?
To consult a family physician online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Family Physician’ in the search bar to find a list of family physicians, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a family physician.
Does a family physician treat all health conditions-related problems?
Yes, family physicians treat patients of any age and gender. They often specialize in treating children, women, or the elderly. They do routine checkups and screening tests, give you flu and immunization shots, and help manage diabetes and other ongoing medical conditions. Family physicians help patients prevent, understand, and manage illness, navigate the health system and set health goals.
When should I consult a family physician?
You should visit a family physician if you have questions or require treatment for cold, fever and other mild symptoms. This includes coughing, high fever, sneezing etc. When you and any family member are both sick, you can go to the same doctor together. Family physicians are specialised in identifying health issues before they become severe. Hence, it is a good idea to visit a family physician from time to time to receive preventive care.
What do we call a family physician in simple words?
Family physicians are simply called family doctors as they possess unique attitudes, skills and knowledge which qualify them to provide ongoing, comprehensive medical care to each member of the family.
Can I consult with a family physician anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a family physician anytime. Our family physicians are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best family physician in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best family physicians in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Does video consultation available with all family physicians?
Yes, all family physicians on the Apollo 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
Can I visit a family physician even if I rarely fall sick?
Yes, you can. Family physicians are specialised in identifying health issues before they become severe. Hence, it is a good idea to visit a family physician from time to time to receive preventive care such as cancer screenings, immunizations, flu shots, etc. A family physician can also offer you diet and lifestyle advice for improving your health.
What kind of tests will a family physician recommend?
A family physician will recommend tests depending on your condition after he/she examines you. Some of the tests that a family physician may recommend are blood tests (for e.g., fasting glucose, CBC, etc.), urine test, imaging tests (for e.g., chest X-Ray scan, mammogram, etc.), cancer screenings, etc.
Can family physicians perform surgery?
Family physicians don’t generally perform surgeries as they are not trained to do so. They primarily offer non-surgical treatments for a variety of medical conditions. Surgeries are performed by a general surgeon. However, in rare cases, family physicians can perform minor surgeries depending on the urgency of the condition."
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