Family medicine is a clinical specialization and an academic, scientific discipline. The health care system, for most people, starts precisely with family medicine. It encompasses services to all family members regardless of age, gender, or the type of problem a family member is experiencing. Out of all the branches of medicine, family medicine is the closest you can get to patient orientation, in the sense of dedication to the patient and creating a close bond between the doctor and patient over a period of time.
Here are some of the benefits of family medicine:
- Continual care over time and in various conditions
- Unique epidemiology and a specific decision-making process
- Handles health problems in their physical, psychological, social, and cultural environments, to differentiate from the standard clinical environment
- Promotes the development and maintenance of good health through appropriate, safe, and effective interventions
- Uses resources in an effective and safe way through coordination of care, management of patients and establishing and maintaining contact with other professionals