Mercyhealth family medicine doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants offer comprehensive health care services to people of all ages. In addition to treating illnesses and injuries, they also provide preventive care like immunizations, perform yearly wellness exams and sports/school physicals, manage chronic diseases, and coordinate specialized care.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, family practitioners are “Doctors who have completed a family practice residency and are board-certified, or board-eligible, for this specialty. The scope of their practice includes children and adults of all ages and may include obstetrics and minor surgery.”
The U.S. National Library of Medicine also lists the family medicine provider’s duties:
- Provide preventive care and teach healthy lifestyle choices
- Identify and treat common medical conditions
- Assess the urgency of your medical problems and direct you to the best place for that care
- Make referrals to medical specialists when necessary
Family medicine doctors are considered primary care providers (PCPs) who practice outpatient care. However, if you are ever hospitalized, your family practitioner may assist in your care.
Use Mercyhealth’s physician directory to locate one of our many family practitioners who will fit your needs in terms of hours of operation, medical specialties, and location.