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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.

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Acute conditions

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.

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Chronic conditions

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:

Training and experience

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.

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Source: Allina Health clinic administration
Reviewed by: Kevin Best, MD, Allina Health Prescott Clinic
First Published: 03/04/2014
Last Reviewed: 03/04/2014
  • Primary Care
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Pediatrics
  • Other Specialties
  • Acupuncture
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Allergy and immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Audiology
  • Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Cancer (medical oncology)
  • Cancer (radiation oncology)
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Disease - Pediatric
  • Child and Teen Psychiatry
  • Child and Teen Psychology
  • Chiropractic
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospitalist
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative, Complementary Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Maternal and Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy)
  • Mental Health
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Obstetrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN)
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Osteopathy
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Social Medicine
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Travel Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Services
  • Vascular Surgery

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