Understanding the roles of primary care physicians
Finding a health care provider with whom you can develop a trusting, long-term relationship is one of the best steps you can take toward improving your health and well-being. It’s a very personal decision, and there are a number of factors to consider. First, though, you need to decide what type of primary care provider you'd like to have – so it’s important to understand the difference between a family physician and an internal medicine doctor.
A family medicine or primary care provider can be your go-to doctor for non-emergency services. Primary care providers can be general practitioners, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The latter two have a different level of training and certification, which varies by state.