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What Types Of Patients Are Seen In A Primary Care Practice
Great question: Be prepared! Know your meds. Generally, the first visit is mostly spent reviewing your health history. Often times offices will have the paperwork mailed to you or posted online to fill out ahead of time. You may have a physical exam and blood work as well on that first visit. More than anything, it's a chance to see if you bond well with doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more
A little unclear ??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more
Often through social: Workers, online communities or through office personnel. Support groups are everywhere and usually free. United Way in my area forms the connection hub to most, but County hotlines are very helpful. Some cities even have special phone lines for available services. San Diego has 211. Some psychologists form their own support groups out of existing patient pools. Be creative. ...Read more
Not many: Not usually. In most instances where you can a cardiologist you can find extremely good primary care physicians. While one stop health shopping sounds convenient it is often not in the patients best interest long term especially if that place is a specialists office. ...Read more
I have tried to find a local primary care doctor but none are accepting new patients. How do I get a doctor?
Your local hospital: One way is to check you local hospital emergency room and hospital medical staff office. Hope that helps. ...Read more
What doctor will see me on here as their patient? I live in gaffney, sc. I need a primary care doctor. Please help im 24 on disibility.
Search by location: One can search on healthtap (or on google, if a search on healthtap is not successful) for internal medicine and family medicine doctors in one's home area. Then, one can call some doctors to see if they are accepting new patients (usually depends on how full a doctor's practice is, on the prospective patient's insurance plan, and other issues...). ...Read more
Matter of perspectiv: The function of a primary care physician is to maintain and/or improve patients' quality and quantity of life through the practice of preventative medicine and to manage chronic health issues based on the latest research. And, of course, take care of coughs and colds, too. ...Read more
Many specialist : Prefer a referral and refuse to see patients not referred, but others accept self referral. I always want a primary care doctor to follow issues that I am not going to manage, and keep the pcp fully apprised of what and why I do things or recommend things. ...Read more
For primary care purposes if a patient has multiple chronic metabolic diseases should he see a family medicine dr. Or internal medicine dr. Who's more?
Personal choice: Personally, I would choose the doctor I felt most comfortable with, is most approachable and is a good listener. ...Read more
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How long do primary care physicians keep patient records after the patient no longer sees them? Same question for hospitals. Does it vary by state?
Varies by state: State medical boards decide how long doctors and hospitals must retain records. ...Read more
I have a two part question regarding the osa referral process:
Do primary care physicians refer most or all of their patients to a specific sleep lab?
That's how we refer: As with most referral processes, doctors and their staff typically get comfortable with a small handful of specialists that they refer to most often and use them just about all the time. It's the same with testing facilities. ...Read more
Are most primary care physicians willing to help manage chronic pain meds-schedule III 4 established/responsible patient or is that typically referred?
All types: Of patients, hence the 'family practice' designation. ...Read more
Hi I am seeking help I cannot find primary care with my insurance I have been seen at urgent care she wrote me for the wrong medication I almost died?
Hello, I've seen 2 dermatologist, been to the er, primary care dr, etc and no one can figure out why i have this crawling sensation. Please help?
Psychiatrist: See a psychiatrist if you have / have not used certain street drug. ...Read more
I pulled my back out a few months ago, I went to the emergency room and they did xrays and did notice that I had a sprain. I have no insurance due to a recent promotion and waiting for paperwork to be finalized so I can't get seen by a primary care doct
Massage & stretching: There are various reasons why our backs go into spasm or have a strain and as a Rehab/Sports Med MD I see this commonly and try to determine the cause. That would be your 1st step. Next Physical therapy, core training or pilates, yoga and/or massage can usually be used safely to improve muscle strength and balance. Keep me posted ...Read more
Great question: The best doc for a woman (or man) is one who is knowledgeable and caring. The pcp visit is often spent reviewing your health history, getting a physical exam, and blood work as well. A pcp can do a pelvic/breast exam and pap smear (like a gyn does). Some women have both a pcp and gyn. More than anything, you want to know that you can bond well with the doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more
Would some type of imaging be needed during a primary care visit to check the progress of a kidney stone?
Need a gynecological exam soon, also want to test allergies & discuss skin problems. Should I find primary care dr, or other type of dr?
Primary care doctor: To start with, he/she can further refer you to relevant specialist(s) if need be) ...Read more
What type of doctor should you see for sciatica pain beside your primary care? Should you see a rehab doctor?
Osteopathic: If you see an osteopathic physician that uses manipulation you may be able to have treatment in the office that relieves your pain. Other physicians to consider include pain management specialists, and spine surgeons. The latter two may both perform i ejections which may help. I would first reccomendation conservative treatment with manipulation and physical therapy. ...Read more
Why do I need to see my primary doctor before a brow lift? The surgeon I talked with told me he would only do my brow lift after I'd seen my primary care doctor for written clearance. Why?
This is often a general health review for general anesthesia.
Be healthy and be well, james m. Ridgway, md. ...Read more
I was recently in a car accident. I was seen in the ER and sent home with pain medicine for neck and back injuries. I have a follow up appt with my primary care doctor on tomorrow. What should I expect to happen?
Evaluation: Your doc with perform an exam possibley x-rays. ...Read more
In addition to a Primary Care MD, what type of specialist should I see for very easy bruising and likely capillary fragility? Thank you...
Regarding your question, hematologists are doctors that specialize in diseases of the blood and blood vessels. I would also note that it is not always necessary to go directly to a hematologist immediately unless you prefer to. The initial work up for the issues you are describing are also within the scope of practice of an internal medicine doctor. Hope that answer was helpful. ...Read more
Colon cancer '09 & hepatic resection 2 yrs ago. No chemo for 5 yrs. What type doc should I see for 6 mo. Follow ups? Internist? Primary care? Onc?
Oncologist /surgeon: You are now 5 years since your colon cancer but only 2 years since your liver resection which I presume was done for at least one metastasis(spread). You still have significant risk of especially liver recurrence and should be followed at least every 3 to 6 months with a CEA blood test at each visit to find a recurrence as early as possible. Any of your docs is fine for follow up. ...Read more
Life suckers: They can suck the life right out of you with their toxic behaviors. ...Read more
Hi Mike!: Many pharmaceuticals are used in anesthesia & it would take a book to answer this seemingly simple question. Your anesthesiologist knows which ones s'he uses and can avoid those that might interact with calcium channel blockers like nifedipine. So as long as s'he knows that you're taking nifedipine (and which form) and you take the last dose when advised, you'll be okay. ...Read more
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