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What are the duties of a doctor who is a general family practitioner?

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02/20/2008

General practitioners and family physicians perform some or all of the following duties: * Examine patients and take their histories, order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures and consult with other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health * Prescribe and administer medications and treatments * Perform and assist in routine surgery * Provide emergency care * Provide acute care management * Inoculate and vaccinate patients * Deliver babies and provide pre-natal and post-natal care * Advise patients and their families on health care including health promotion, disease, illness and accident prevention * Provide counselling and support to patients and their families on a wide range of health and lifestyle issues * Perform patient advocacy role * Co-ordinate or manage primary patient care * Provide continuous care to patients * Supervise home care services * Report births, deaths, and contagious and other diseases to governmental authorities.