Family practice is a branch of primary care medicine designed to treat men, women, and children of all ages.
Family practice providers receive training in several medical specialties to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions in all areas of the body. Family practice differs from internal medicine by treating a wider age of patients and number of conditions.
Patients should see a family medicine provider if they want to limit potential specialty referrals. A family practice provider can also offer a greater continuity of care between family members than internal medicine. In addition to diagnosing and treating specific diseases and conditions, family practice providers can provide:
- Preventative care
- Immunization and screening tests
- Healthy lifestyle counseling
At Advantagecare Physicians, family practice providers can also manage chronic illness and coordinate care between multiple specialists.