A family physician can be the right answer for most healthcare situations, from sudden flu symptoms, nagging back pain, an unexpected rash to chest pains and chronic conditions. While family physicians are the first line of contact for patients and the most visited specialists in countries with very mature healthcare systems across Europe and the US, there is unfortunately a lack of awareness as to their importance in Dubai and the integral role they play in your wellbeing and that of your family. We therefore dedicated this section to provide a better understanding of what Family Medicine in Vitalite, and around the world, is all about.
Reasons you should have family Doctor
Family medicine’s goal is to nurture an ongoing, patient-centered relationship that emphasizes individualized, integrated care over the entire lifespan of the patient. If you select a doctor that meshes well with your personality, you’ve got a supportive friend for life. Family doctors follow you from your toddler years, care for teens and people in their 20s, and treat middle-aged adults, retirees and people well into their 90s. As such, they are the only specialists qualified to treat almost all medical conditions and provide comprehensive and preventative health care for all – from infants to the elderly.
Family Physicians training
After graduating from medical school, family physicians complete a minimum of three-years residency program in which they receive training in six major medical areas:
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Internal Medicine
- Psychiatry and Neurology
- Community Medicine.
Some go on to receive instruction in other areas including emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, and urology.
Where does your healthcare journey start
Having a single point of contact in the often-overwhelming world of health care is very reassuring. At Vitalite, your family physician runs interference for you and coordinates your care with other providers and subspecialists when needed. Having built up a relationship over years, they get to know your medical history inside and out which helps us make accurate diagnoses, watch for red flags regarding medications and monitor changes in your health through the years.
But the “family” in family doctor matters, too. Seeing multiple generations of a family can help a doctor record an accurate, in-depth family health history and predict risk factors associated with family history, which is key to prevention.
Family doctors treat more than you think
While family physicians are mostly visited in Dubai for common flus and minor aches and pains, their qualifications allow them to perform annual health screening as well as manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. At Vitalite, our family physician has extensive experience in treating chronic and acute conditions including injuries requiring sutures. When needed, they are also able to perform minor surgical procedures, such as freezing a wart or draining an abscess. These are but a few examples, and the list goes on. Cancer, stroke, heart disease, asthma, and diabetes—family physicians provide ongoing and personalized care for all of the most serious chronic, degenerative diseases.