It’s really nice to have a doctor who will see you as a complete person. A Family physician is just that. He is a doctor who sees you as a complete human being interacting with a complex social network.
Family Medicine: Beyond General Medicine
Beyond the General Practitioner, Family Medicine Physicians have undergone years of additional training. This training hones their clinical and research skills.
Family Medicine Physicians have a set of tools unique to them. Using these tools, family physicians are trained to see underlying causes of complaints from other organs and systems as well. They screen for problems before such problems arise. They diagnose and deal with family issues, and health issues accentuated by family relationships. They are also skilled in planning community wide projects and assessing their impact. Family physicians can help you and your family develop holistic healthcare programs.
Family Medicine Considers More Complex Issues
Family Physicians are trained to deal with more complex issues at a time. They examine patients not just from head to foot, but from their heart, mind, and even their support system as well. Family physicians often find emerging problems just as they are starting out.
Family Medicine Applies Risk Stratification
One of the ways family medicine physicians do this is through learning the risks associated with each person. Dr. Charles Florendo, a Philippine-based physician explains: “In Family Medicine, learning what problems each person is in danger of is of utmost important. During consults and interviews, we determine if he/she is at risk for known problems affecting his/her gender, age, socio-economic profile, and other factors. By doing this, we can immediately screen out problems even if they aren’t big enough to cause problems yet.”
Family Medicine Uses The Biopsychosocial Model
At the heart of all this lies the Philosophy of the Biopsychosocial Model. The model seeks the interaction of the person’s cells, organs, being, family, and support systems. It puts these factors together to form an effective interpretation of what’s happening to the person. It produces answers beyond merely using drugs and medicine. It also promotes the support of the family and community.
Family Medicine Applies Best Practices
Family medicine physicians also review the best practices proposed by specialists in different fields. They are regularly updated on the latest trends in pediatrics, and adult medicine. They review and participate in developing the treatment protocols in various diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and many more. This assures patients that their family physicians can provide them with the best practices for their care.
Get Total Lower Cost
Studies have shown that consulting with family medicine physicians produce overall lower costs for patients and healthcare provider groups. Yet, despite lower costs, these patients enjoy the best outcomes. They live longer with better quality of life.
Various Factors are Considered
Dr. Florendo continues “Family medicine physicians use variable health indicators to determine health trends in various communities. We analyze each treatment option and explain these to our patients. For instance, On the question ‘will it be more cost effective to take medicine or receive surgery?’ A question like this cannot be answered simply by the face value of the treatment itself. We have to look into studies following up patients 5-10 years after they received their treatments. Patients may spend more initially for treatment but may spend less eventually with reduced hospital visits and complications down the line. The patient’s productivity is also greatly considered. It’s really a very complex and exciting field.”
Family Medicine has Something for Everyone
Family doctors treat children, adults, pregnant women, the elderly, the healthy, and the sick. They treat families and those with difficulties in their relationships. Beyond drugs and medicine, they use counselling techniques, and sports techniques. They see problems before they become big. Even if you don’t have a problem, they can help you setup wellness goals, and prevent diseases.
Family Medicine has Subspecialties too
Family medicine physicians work with other specialists to ensure you get the best care. Family physicians too have their own subspecialties. There are family physicians who specialize in emergency care, geriatrics, sports, and other fields. This is done so that they can cover a wider range of the population’s needs.
Today, we even have a family medicine physician who concentrates his work on hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing. There is also a new field called “Interventional Wellness” which seeks to provide wellness on the cellular level. Dr. Florendo explains “These fields are underserved and are very exciting to work with. Various chronic diseases may have the potential to be reversed in these fields.”
Family Medicine: A Doctor To See YOU
The Family medicine physician is the right doctor for you. Come and see your family medicine physician today.
This article was written by Charles Florendo
is a certified family physician who specializes in hyperventilation, dysfunctional breathing, and interventional wellness. He is probably the first hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing specialist in Southeast Asia. He has taught breathing retraining to patients and healthcare workers in Africa, United States, and the Philippines. He holds an advanced certificate in Buteyko from the Buteyko Breathing Association (UK). He is presently the medical adviser of the at Buteyko Clinic International and a consultant at Mary Chiles General Hospital (Philippines), Clinica Salutare (Philippines), and the Biobalance Welness Center (Philippines). He lives in Manila, Philippines
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