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The practice of Family Medicine is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the patient’s family and the community. Family Medicine emphasizes disease prevention and health promotion.
A family medicine provider delivers a range of preventive, acute and chronic medical care services, some definitions are provided below for these conditions. Preventive care includes routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family medicine providers also diagnose and treat illness and manage chronic illness, often coordinating care provided by other sub-specialists. Some Valley-Wide family medicine providers deliver babies and provide prenatal care.
At every visit your care team will do quick assessments including measuring your weight and height, taking your blood pressure and temperature, reviewing your medications, and reviewing the reason for the appointment to ensure needs or concerns are addressed.
- Well Child Checkups, for infants, children and adolescent girls and boys. A well-child checkup is a good time to raise questions and concerns about your child’s development, behavior, and general well-being. Your child’s visit may include advice on needed vaccinations, height and weight measurements to see how much your child has grown since the last check-up, and development assessments. You may want to discuss common concerns such as eating, sleeping, toilet training and social behaviors, as well as cognitive development. This type of visit differs from a “sick visit” in which you might take your child to the doctor for a specific problem like an ear ache or sore throat. These checkups are considered preventative care.
- Well Woman and Well Male Checkups. These checkups are separate from any other visit for sickness or injury. These visits focus on preventive care and may include services, like vaccinations that improve your health by preventing diseases and other health problems, screenings, which are medical tests to check for diseases early when they may be easier to treat and education and counseling to help you make informed health decisions
- Acute Care Visits. At these visits a patient receives active but short-term treatment for an injury or short duration episode of illness. Your provider will assess your condition through questions about the onset and severity of your symptoms and do a physical exam. A treatment plan will be determined for your quick recovery. Several Valley-Wide clinics have extended hours to serve patients with acute illnesses and to help them avoid a visit to the emergency room.
- Chronic Care Visits. A chronic disease is one that lasts for a long time. Therefore chronic care visits include ongoing evaluation of symptoms and conditions and treatment options to maintain health and prevent or slow the progression of the chronic disease.
- Prenatal Care Services
- Program Enrollment Assistance
- Case Management and Care Coordination Services