Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Primary Care Providers

  • Shannon IdzikEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_139



Primary care provider is a generalist clinician who provides integrated accessible health care to a defined population. Nurse practitioners, physicians, and physicians’ assistants who provide primary care are specially trained to provide primary care services. The primary care provider develops a sustained relationship with the patient and oversees all aspects of the patient’s health. The primary care provider partners with the patient to coordinate other health services which includes a collaboration with and referral to other members of the health care team. Primary care providers are advocates for the patient throughout the entire health care system.


References and Readings

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians. (2011). Primary care. Retrieved October 20, 2011, from http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/policy/policies/p/primarycare.html#Parsys0002
  2. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Pub. L. No. 111–148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010). Retrieved October 20, 2011, from http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Maryland School of Nursing and the University of Maryland Medical Center Emergency DepartmentBaltimoreUSA