General practitioners (GPs) employ a holistic approach to provide comprehensive primary and continuing medical care services, that include preventive care and information on health related topics. They can be your family physicians who accurately diagnose health conditions and guide on their appropriate management.
General practitioners (GPs) carefully take note of all your physical or mental health related concerns to consider the various diagnostic possibilities, and accordingly advise relevant laboratory investigations and/or imaging procedures. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care. Effective treatments and remedial measures can thus be instituted, to provide the best possible outcomes for your health conditions.
General practitioners (GPs) can take care of acute non-life-threatening diseases (such as fever, cold, minor injuries, and common infections) as well as provide medical support and ongoing care for chronic health issues. They can be a valuable aid in early detection of serious illnesses, and referral to urgent and/or specialized care. Preventive management that includes immunization, health education and lifestyle modification measures is a vital component of the range of services offered by GPs. They conduct health screens and other medical routine such as physical check-ups and examination.
GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone with a physical or mental health problem, a point where a person can be most anxious. GPs are not limited to one branch of medicine. They are responsible for performing checkups, diagnosing illnesses, and giving recommendations. They have to take swift and effective treatment decisions based on the presenting symptoms, the patient’s current and previous medical history and findings on general and systemic examinations.They also use their own knowledge to assess the likelihood of a certain illness being present over another. GPs look for patterns of symptoms to indicate or rule out different conditions. GPs also have a vital role to play in safeguarding vulnerable children and adults, and involving appropriate agencies.
GPs are trained to know the whole human body, and all the illnesses you can suffer. They are able to treat patients of all ages, from small children to adults to the elderly. They coordinate with any other doctors you might be seeing. Once diagnosed, they put you on a line of treatment and keep a close watch on your progress. If there are no improvements, they might then change the line of treatment. They might recommend you to specialists, if the disease is complicated. They counsel you and your family, and educate you on the disease and its proper care.
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