What are the Duties of a family practitioner?
The duties of a Family Practitioner (GP .. General Practitioner) * A GP is just that ... generalized practitioner. * Provides you with your yearly physical check-ups. * Sends you to the lab for urine samples or blood workup should you need them. * If the GP feels there is something wrong and doesn't quite know what it is that is causing your symptoms it's his/her responsibility to send you to an 'Internist' which studies the whole of the body. Once the Internist does tests on you and narrows down where your problem lies then the Internist will send you off to a specialist that works in that particular field. * If your GP sends you to a specialist it's up to him to be sure he/she works well with the specialist and has all paperwork re tests, etc., when he asks you in to discuss the findings of your tests. Your specialist will talk to you first, but you should feel free to discuss it further with your GP should you have any worries. * GP's also are affiliated with some hospitals and spend so much time a week going to these hospitals. * GP's should visit their elderly patients in hospital or nursing homes. * GP's are responsible for explaining the medications that they give their patients and the side effects that may occur from these medications and let you know what side effects warrant you coming in to him. If a patient is on a certain medication that requires blood workup every so often it's up to the GP to see that it is done. * GP's fill your prescriptions providing they were prescribed by your own GP. * GP's should have another doctor in their office if they plan on going on vacation and SHOULD tell their patients the name of that doctor and that he has every confidence in the doctor taking his place (to put the patient at rest.) Some patients refuse to see a different doctor, but in some cases they have no choice. * GP's are there to talk to women of all ages about birth control; premenopause or menopause and answer your questions as best they can. Some GP's will see a woman through her pregnancy (if there are no complications) and even deliver the baby. For men, they should be candid about low libido; aging; and be sure at a certain age his male patient gets tested yearly for prostate cancer. * GP's should be kind, considerate and treat their patients with dignity. * GP's should be kind, patient and write-out instructions for the elderly patient because they may be nervous or confused. * GP's are expected to make sure their patients are clear about any procedures they may have to go through such as certain tests or surgery and what the prognosis is. There are a lot more duties in health care that GP's act on, but the list is too long. The long and short of it is that GP's are actually just as important as a specialist because it's the GP that has to decide where your problem is and what specialist you may have to see. GP's are part doctor, psychologist/psychiatrist (treating patients with anxiety and giving medication where needed.) Patients also have a responsibility to their doctor. They should write down their questions they want to ask the doctor and when making the appointment let the receptionist know that you have several questions and they will give you a little more time with the doctor. Be sure you write down the answers to your questions that the doctor takes the time to explain and if you don't understand what the doctor is explaining then say so. Patients should be candid with their doctor and never hold back their fears. The doctor can't help their patient without the true facts. Some fears are not warranted and the doctor can ease a patient's worries. When an elderly person comes in a daughter, son, relative or younger friend should accompany them to be sure that the elderly patient understands all the facts that the doctor is telling them or doses of medications that he may give that elderly patient. Patients should write down any genetic factors for the doctor such as if they have had childhood diseases; heart problems in the family; cancer, etc. The more information the patient gives their doctor the more their doctor can help them and know what signs to look for should that patient have a problem.