Family medicine is the continuing and comprehensive health care for individuals and families of all ages. It includes child and adolescent care, women’s and men’s health, geriatrics, chronic disease management, mental health and preventive care over a patient’s lifetime.
Family medicine focuses on the patient in the context of the family and the community, and it emphasizes disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.
Family medicine providers diagnose and treat illness, perform checkups, health risk assessments, immunizations and screenings, and counsel patients on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They also manage chronic illnesses and coordinate such care with specialists when needed.