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Your Future is Family
Medicine
Information, facts and answers to frequently asked questions
about family medicine
What are the primary care
specialties?
216
168
129
573
390
0
100
200
300
400
500
600
Millions
Family
Medicine
Internal
Med...
What’s a typical week in primary
care?
Major Reasons for Visits to Primary Care Specialists
11.5
34.7
32.6
87
0 20 40 60 8...
Why is primary care important?
longer life spans and fewer deaths due to heart and
lung disease
fewer cases and deaths d...
People rely on primary care physicians
to care for complex disease
Source: 2002 National Health Interview Survey
Condition...
What do family physicians do?
Family physicians provide comprehensive and
continuous primary care health care to:
individ...
Family physicians provide
Prevention & management of acute injuries and
illnesses
Health promotion
Hospital care for ac...
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  1. 1. Your Future is Family Medicine Information, facts and answers to frequently asked questions about family medicine
  2. 2. What are the primary care specialties? 216 168 129 573 390 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 Millions Family Medicine Internal Medicine Pediatrics All Primary Care Other Specialists The Primary Care Physician Number of Office Visits to Primary Care Physicians vs. Other Specialists Source: DA, Cherry DK. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2005 Summary. Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics; No. 346, Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/ahcd/officevisitcharts.htm.
  3. 3. What’s a typical week in primary care? Major Reasons for Visits to Primary Care Specialists 11.5 34.7 32.6 87 0 20 40 60 80 100 Injury Related Chronic Condition Acute Condition Preventive ReasonsforVisits Percentage Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2004 Summary. National Center for Health Statistics
  4. 4. Why is primary care important? longer life spans and fewer deaths due to heart and lung disease fewer cases and deaths due to colon and cervical cancer better detection of breast cancer less ER and hospital use better preventive care reduced health disparities
  5. 5. People rely on primary care physicians to care for complex disease Source: 2002 National Health Interview Survey ConditionCondition Saw a PC physician in the last yearSaw a PC physician in the last year AsthmaAsthma 80%80% Congestive Heart FailureCongestive Heart Failure 88%88% Coronary Heart DiseaseCoronary Heart Disease 88%88% Depression/AnxietyDepression/Anxiety 81%81% DiabetesDiabetes 88%88% HypertensionHypertension 88%88% Multiple SclerosisMultiple Sclerosis 77%77% Parkinson’sParkinson’s 90%90%
  6. 6. What do family physicians do? Family physicians provide comprehensive and continuous primary care health care to: individuals and families women and men regardless of age or disease infants, children and adolescents regardless of disease
  7. 7. Family physicians provide Prevention & management of acute injuries and illnesses Health promotion Hospital care for acute medical illnesses Chronic disease management Maternity care Well-child care and child development Primary mental health care Rehabilitation Supportive and end-of-life care

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