Primary Care

Primary Care Specialist
It’s fair to guess that most adults would prefer a clinic visit over a trip to the emergency room and preventive care rather than reactive care. This is precisely the purpose of a primary care physician: to coach the patient to their best health, identify the risk of disease before it even occurs, and provide continuity of care throughout the patient’s life. Austin Primary Care Physicians in Austin, Texas, has a full team of experienced doctors focused on disease prevention and management.

Primary Care Q & A

Why is having a primary care doctor important?

Primary care doctors serve several vital purposes in a patient’s healthcare:

  • They care for the whole patient with a primary focus on prevention and health maintenance. Primary care physicians can treat diseases and disorders, but they work hard to prevent them from occurring the first place.
  • They collaborate care between specialists and provide the monitoring and long-term management of a patient’s condition even after a specialist has been involved.
  • They know the patient, which means they're able to take into consideration a variety of factors when screening, diagnosing, and treating illnesses.

All patients should designate a primary care physician to ensure focus on prevention and wellness and coordinate care.

What are primary care physicians qualified to treat?

Primary care doctors are trained in all systems of the body and qualified to diagnose and coordinate treatment for any condition. Primary care physicians treat hundreds of conditions independently and refer patients to specialists for conditions requiring specialized equipment or expertise. Some of the most common conditions treated by primary care doctors include the common cold, ear infections, pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illnesses, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.

How do primary care doctors provide continuity when care from a specialist is required?

Primary care doctors still serve as the patient’s central contact. They maintain a comprehensive electronic medical record that includes the patient’s history with any number of specialists. They also monitor the patient long-term, often reporting back to the specialist as requested. They may renew medications, monitor vital signs or medication levels in the blood, issue diagnostic tests, and monitor the patient for related complications. Most importantly, primary care doctors maintain a focus on wellness and prevention while the specialist treats the problem.

When is emergency medical treatment the best option?

While primary care doctors are qualified to treat many emergency conditions, clinic rooms aren't equipped with the right medications and equipment to handle life-threatening emergencies in the most efficient way. Patients who are struggling to breathe, hemorrhaging, having a severe allergic reaction, have experienced trauma, or who think they may be having a heart attack or stroke should go directly to the nearest emergency room.

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