Looking for a family doctor in San Diego?
Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups has a comprehensive list of family medicine physicians specializing in just about every aspect of pediatric and adult healthcare. Family medicine (or family practice) is a division of primary care that is devoted to general health care for people of all ages and genders, and they treat a variety of diseases. Family physicians, also known as family doctors or family practitioners, generally see patients for everyday illnesses or injuries, perform routine check-ups, provide treatment for chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma, and provide patients with preventative care. If necessary, family doctors may give referrals for ailments that demand the expertise of another physician specialist.
Family medicine physicians provide long-term, comprehensive care in hospitals, clinics, private medical offices, and in many other settings. Family doctors are constantly learning about the latest innovations and modernizations in the world of healthcare. The goal of the family physician is to be ready to care for a wide range of child and adult health conditions. Because their field requires them to be so well-rounded, they are constantly learning more about health concerns related to emergency medicine, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, cancer, diabetes, digestion, hormones, rheumatism, infections, illnesses associated with aging, and other medical ailments.
In addition to diagnosing and treating disease, family doctors provide preventive care, including routine checkups (commonly referred to as physical exams), immunizations and screening tests, health-risk assessments, and they provide recommendations for healthy lifestyle choices.