Who is a Family physician or a General Practioner?

In the medical profession, a Family physician or general practitioner (GP) is a medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients. The Family physician should take into consideration the biological, psychological and social factors relevant to the care of each patient's illness. He should have the basic knowledge & skills to manage patients of all age groups and wide range of health problems.
In India, they generally take care of the whole family, so they are also called “Family Physicians”. The basic medical degrees for a GP or Family physician in India are MBBS (Alopathy), BHMS (Homeopathy), BAMS (Aurveda) & BUMS (Unani).

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About Dr. Vivek A. Kaduskar ( M.B.B.S )

I am practising independantly as Family Physician since 2001. Apart from my clinics, I also provide my services at my residence clinic and through home visits. But no emergency services. I apply my best knowledge and experience of this field to improve and maintain the quality of life of my customers (patients).This is a service industry, so I have to address the need of my patients and guide them honestly for their safety ...
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About Dr. Ranjita V. Kaduskar ( BHMS )

Dr. Ranjita V Kaduskar provides Homeopathic treatment at our "Satellite clinic". She also works as my assistant and provides necessary services to my patients in my absence. Dr. Ranjita's homeopathic clinic established in 2009. Deals with total health of patients with the help of classical homeopathy at Satellite clinic. . Here we guarantee holistic treatment and promise complete well being of patient....
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Why is Family Physician important for you & your family?

The Family Physician are defined by the characteristics of their discipline. which are:
a) Person centeredness: general practitioners understand that health, illness and disease are ultimately personal experiences, and that their principal role is to relieve personal disease in all its forms, in the manner best suited to each individual. The patient's needs, values and desired health outcomes always remain central to him.

b) Continuity of care: Long term relationships build mutual knowledge, understanding, and trust: all essential elements in a therapeutic relationship which generates the potential for healing, empowerment and beneficial change. General practitioners seek to build health, wellbeing and resilience through the continuing patient-doctor relationship. Family Physician apply their best knowledge & available evidence in the unique context of each consultation, and advice best management of any health problems.

c) Comprehensiveness: Practice of general practitioners are not limited by age, gender, body system, disease process or service site. Scope of clinical practice is challenging, starting from prevention, health promotion, early intervention to those at risk, and management of acute, chronic & complex conditions of patients at clinics, home or at hospitals.

d) Whole person care: The general practitioner functions as a physician, counsellor, advocate and agent of change for individuals, families and their communities.

e) Diagnostic and therapeutic skill: general practitioners' high level diagnostic and therapeutic skills applied within continuing relationships deliver cost effective care that is highly valued by patients.

f) Coordination and clinical teamwork: general practitioners work in close and respectful relationships to deliver accessible, integrated patient care, contributing appropriately to other clinical experts and engaging with diverse specialists and other service providers according to individual patient or family needs.

g) Continuing quality improvement & upgrading services: general practitioners are able to assess their professional capabilities, expand existing skills and acquire new skills over a professional lifetime in response to changing clinical and community contexts.

Thus, Every person seeks a medical home in general practice where the provision of person centered, continuing care is based on the foundations of a relationship of trust between patients and their general practitioner.

What does a GP or ‘Family Practice Physician’ do?

In the modern world, family doctors provide the majority of care for people of all backgrounds. Often called general practitioners or primary care physicians, family doctors create relationships with and serve entire families. This type of practice is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care and is based on knowledge of the patient and his or her family history. A family practice physician performs many duties for patients of all ages, such as providing continuing healthcare for acute and chronic illnesses as well as emphasizing disease prevention.

Taking care of the physical, emotional and mental health of patients and their families is the main goal of family practice physicians. These doctors typically are trained in all areas of medicine and have the ability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of symptoms and problems. They also provide preventative care, which includes routine checkups, immunizations, screening tests, health risk assessments and suggestions on how to make healthy lifestyle choices. Some of these doctors even deliver babies. When a family practice physician identifies a major health issue, he or she usually refers his patient to a specialist.

The typical educational background and training for a family practice physician includes an undergraduate degree like MBBS, BHMS (Homeopath), BAMS (Ayurved) or BUMS (Unanai) in India. Most doctors of this type continue to educate themselves to learn the current trends in treatment and technologies as well as the latest medical breakthroughs. Most family doctors usually practice in small-group private practices, solo or in hospital practices. They often have long workdays, filled with a stream of incoming patients.

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