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Is family doc inferior to specialist?

Is family doc inferior to specialist?

No. Different roles: Family medicine focuses on the whole person. Family doctors specialize in providing continuity and coordination of care. We use breadth of medical knowledge and a diverse skill set. Subspecialists provide specialized care based on anatomy (cardiology-heart), disease process (oncology-cancer), technology (radiology-x-rays) using depth of knowledge. Together, we can achieve the best outcomes. ...Read more

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Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

Need a doctor. Family practice or internal medicine. Who is better?

No better : Both internists and family practitioners make excellent primary care physicians. I would not choose one specialty over another but concentrate more on the individual doctor. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians. ...Read more

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Should a general care physician or specialist treat incontinence? What type of specialist if not a general care physician?

Should a general care physician or specialist treat incontinence? What type of specialist if not a general care physician?

Both: Many pcps will initiate treatment for incontinence with either a medication for overactive bladder (oab) or kegels for stress incontinence. If initial therapy is unsuccessful, then referral to specialist is indicated. For women: urogynecologist, gynecologist, or urologist, and for men- urologist. Patients with neurologic disease may find a physical medicine & rehab doc specializing in incontinence. ...Read more

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Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

The best one to see: is the practitioner who has the best reputation and the relevant experience. If you go to one and you don't like him/her/it, find someone else. ...Read more

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Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications,as necessary?

Can a Doctor of Osteopathy be considered as my primary care doctor, family doctor, or as an internist? Do they prescribe HTN medications,as necessary?

Yes: Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) are not limited to D.O. residencies, and can train alongside allopathic physicians (M.D.) in allopathic residency programs. There has been a convergence in philosophies over the years, and the differences between a D.O and an M.D. have become much more subtle. ...Read more

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What specialist should my friend see for eagles syndrome? Oral surgeon or ent?

What specialist should my friend see for eagles syndrome?  Oral surgeon or ent?

Temporal Styloid : Depends on whether classic eagle's syndrome for or if vascular form. A partial styloidectomy is performed for either, which is within the scope of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or an ent. If there is carotid artery involvement, then a vascular surgeon should be in on the case - if there is any potential threat to the carotid needing repair. Can be approached intraorally or cutaneously. ...Read more

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Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Go to a general practitioner or a psychologist for family issue?

Probbly Psychologist: I would find a psychologist or family therapist & ask for a brief phone consult to briefly discuss the issues, enough to determine who should come to the first session... ...Read more

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Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Either: A lot depends on acute or chronic symptoms of gall bladder disease. Acute attack may end up in er with surgical consultation and therefore ordering of study by surgeon. If chronic pain, any physician either primary care, gastroenterologist, internist, or general surgeon can order the test. ...Read more

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It is possible that a physician assistant prescribe basic medications for family members or friends?

Not recommended: Not recommended, but they can, but are prohibited from prescribing controlled substance to family members just like physicians are, check your own states rules. ...Read more