All of us would have a vivid memory of a man / woman holding a briefcase visiting the house whenever grandparents were sick or on a holiday, the entire family would be called for a check-up. The person holding the briefcase is a Family Medicine practitioner, or a Family Physician as more commonly referred to. Family Medicine (which was formerly known as Family Practice) is a specialty within medical and healthcare tree that concerns with the comprehensive healthcare for people across age groups and genders. Usually, these practitioners are appointed to regularly examine the entire family and give substantial guidance on preventive healthcare methodologies. These practitioners are also called general practitioners, as the name itself captures the holistic nature of this domain. Family Medicine specialists are often trained in primary care of the patients and unlike any single-organ-specialists they give a complete, comprehensive overview of their patient’s health and / or conditions and are trained in all parts of the body. Their scope of knowledge encompasses community, health promotion, disease prevention, disease awareness, basic education and information about preemptive healthcare measures.
While Family Physicians are trained to detect and to some extend diagnose a variety of diseases / abnormalities / conditions, essentially a family physician offers a melange of preventive, acute, and chronic healthcare / medical services. Along with diagnosing and curing illnesses, they also perform preemptive healthcare, routine patient check-ups (involving full body screenings), immunization tests, health-risk assessments, screening examinations, and in-person counselling on the importance and mechanics of a healthy lifestyle. A family physician may also perform a range of tests to for any specific disease detection / cure, and may also further recommend single-organ-specialists for a better and advanced diagnostic process.
A few responsibilities that are common to both Internal Medicine specialists and Family Medicine experts:
A Family Physician (or an FM specialist) as Aster Hospital is equipped with the right expertise and know-how in order to deal with, in addition to diagnosing and curing illnesses, preventive healthcare, routine examinations of the patients, health-risk assessment tests, managing chronic illnesses, heart diseases, cardiac arrests, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. They also sometimes counsel on maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle. Their treatment plan may or may not involve regular interventions from other specialists especially single-organ experts in cases where a specific organ is affected / damaged by any disease and / or abnormality. As Aster Hospitals, Family Physicians are key even when it comes to providing personal, ongoing healthcare for the nation’s most serious health problems.
Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family.
At Aster Hospitals, it is the speciality in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical, and behavioural sciences. The scope of family practice encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system, and every disease entity. Providers include family physicians, physician’s assistants, and family nurse practitioners.
We live in a world where to fall sick isn’t rare, but it’s horrifying that a major fraction of our population is devoid of quality healthcare. It’s a changeworthy intersection of demand and provision when it comes to neurological care for patients and thus, Aster Hospitals’ healthcare infrastructure and expert panel of doctors, clinicians, and technicians, ensure that every patient is given undivided attention as we know a successful treatment regime thrives on candid interactions. With a treatment philosophy that’s driven on a fine blend of science and expertise, research and study, care and commitment, we are dedicated to making the world a happier, healthier place. A part of the same philosophy our Family Medicine division houses some of the best doctors in the country, an impressive record replete with laurels and thousands of happy patients and counting. Aster Hospital is constantly seeking new opportunities to set bigger yardsticks with advanced progress. Present in over 9 countries, Aster Hospitals is probably one of the world's most rapidly going healthcare chains. Offering a wide range of healthcare services, Aster Hospitals boasts of a diverse team of highly-skilled healthcare professionals and medical infrastructure capable of end to end disease detection and cure. Headquartered in Dubai, the Aster now encompasses 17,600+ employees, 2296 doctors with several JCI accredited Hospitals, clinics and Diagnostic Centres. Each of the Group’s verticals is a symbol of distinction, driven by a commitment to build a healthier tomorrow and to take healthcare to the next level of excellence. So right from comprehensive patient-care, full family check-ups, screening tests, Aster Hospital’s Family Medicine division is well-armored to tackle all challenges and ensure that not a single patient, not a single family walks out deprived of the beautiful gift of quality, reliable, and affordable healthcare.