Family Practice Medicine
Comprehensive Health Care to People of All Ages
Family Medicine is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care to people of all ages. The specialist is named a family physician, family doctor, or formerly family practitioner. It is primary medical care that provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages, sexes, diseases, and parts of the body.
Family Practice Medicine is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion.
The goal of family medicine is to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community. The issues of values underlying this practice are usually known as primary care ethics. In Europe the discipline is often referred to as general practice, emphasising its holistic nature rather as well as its roots in the family. Others refer to it as the classic GP, knowledgeable yet compassionate.
- Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians (since 1982)