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Primary care providers
Your primary care provider may also be called a general practitioner, family doctor, physician or clinician. Your primary care physician will guide you and your family on a variety of health care and wellness needs. Your physician will get to know you and provide health care education and recommendations for:
Your primary care provider will also refer you to a specialty care provider they know and trust, when necessary.
Acute conditions are sever and sudden in onset. Symptoms appear and change or worsen rapidly. This could describe anything from a cold or flu to a bladder infection.
A chronic condition is a long-developing syndrome. Symptoms develop and worsen over an extended period of time, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Choosing the right primary care provider
The best health care is based on lasting relationships between you and your doctor. Choose your primary care doctor when all is well, that way you will not have to make a hasty decision about your medical care when you are sick. When choosing a primary care doctor, consider:
Research where he or she studied medicine, the length of that training and where he or she has practiced medicine.
Is he or she concerned about your lifestyle? Note whether he or she asks about your alcohol, tobacco or drug use; eating and exercise habits; health risks at work and home; or sexual activity.
Do you feel comfortable with him or her? The provider who is right for you should be someone you can discuss anything that could affect your health - from family history to your lifestyle, habits and beliefs.
Make sure the doctor is accepting new patients. Make sure his or her office hours work with your schedule. Ask who covers for the provider when he or she is out of the office. Find out what hospital they have affiliation with for surgeries and emergencies.
Research shows that people who have a primary care provider are more satisfied with their health care. Use the Find a Provider tool to the right to help find a doctor that is right for you.
Narrator: Meet Dr. Cassandra Jones. Family doctor. Compassionate listener. Volunteer. Dr. Jones is here to help.
Meet Dr. Syed Hasan. Doctor of geriatrics and adult medicine. Husband and father. And like Dr. Jones he's at Allina Health, to make a difference.
At Allina Health, we're all here for one reason...to help you on your path to better health.
Source: Allina Health clinic administration
Reviewed by: Kevin Best, MD, Allina Health Prescott Clinic
First Published: 03/04/2014
Last Reviewed: 03/04/2014