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Practice of Family Medicine

  • Richard G. Roberts


Family physicians are the doctors of first resort—doctors who initiate the care of patients with undifferentiated diagnoses, who provide continuous and comprehensive care, and who establish long-term relationships with patients and their families. Family physicians feel responsible for an individual’s total health care needs—responsible for providing and orchestrating preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services within the context of the patient’s family and community. This continuum of personal care often places family physicians in a special position within the families and communities they serve. The ability to look across generations within families and across families within communities enables family physicians to discern illness and relationship patterns and to identify early signs of individual, family, and community dysfunction.


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