Family Practice Doctors
An Overview on Family Practice Doctors
The physicians or doctors who provide primary care to patients of all age ranges, be it pediatric treatment, or geriatric treatment, are known as family practice doctors.
Family Practice doctors are also known as family practitioners, family medicine physicians, or also primary care physicians. They diagnose and help to maintain a set of varied illness and health conditions that covers a very broad range of health issues. At first, they examine the patients for different symptoms of illness and other health issues and depending on the result of the examination they usually provide treatment or surgery. If the treatment or the surgery is a really specialized one, family practice doctors usually refer their patients to a specialist or a surgeon in order to get the treatment.
They are also called general practitioners due to the fact that they see patients with almost every kind of issues. These type of physicians often act as primary physicians for prenatal care and some of them also attend deliveries.
Family practice doctors usually meet their patients in office setting. Visiting days depend on the physician and can range from 4 to 5 days a week. It depends on the practitioner on how many days he takes off or how many hours he decides to stay in the clinic per week. Some family practice doctors also nurse patients at home.
Whether family practitioners can visit and give rounds in hospitals to check up on their patients depends on the hospital coverage. There are some family practitioners who have hospitalists for this purpose and the hospitalists checkup the hospitals patients on the doctor’s behalf.
During their work time, family practice doctors may see about 20 to 25 patients a day and there are some doctors who even see about 30 patients a day. The physicians however have the ability to admit patients to hospitals over phones and are required to be in the hospital when paged about his presence in the hospital.
Most of the patients of family practice doctors come for issues such as immunization, common skin issues, colds, flu, allergies, hypertension, dietary problems and so forth. Each and every of the patients have a patient chart that the physician reviews.
The symptoms and signs of health related issues are first recorded by nurse or assistant and then examined by the physician. Physician then provides treatment or asks for further tests to be conducted. However, if the patients require further specialized treatment, the family physician refers the patients to specialists or to surgeons.
The physician usually prepare treatment plan of patients that include changes in diet, medication, minor surgeries etc. The patients are required to come for follow up visit in order to be ensured that he or she has been completely treated. Annually, family physician earns an average salary that ranges from 160000 dollars to above 175000 dollars. The earnings of family practice doctors vary depending on factors such as town size, partnership with hospital or other physicians, location of practice etc.