Family doctors practice in the whole world: in Germany they are called home doctors, in Great Britain - general practice doctors, in Canada and the USA - family physicians. A family doctor is a notion common for western countries and a relatively new one for Ukraine. This is a therapist and a pediatrician having obtained a special training and a highest level of qualification.
What can a family doctor do?
Provide independent diagnostics and efficient treatment of up to 80% of diseases that were a primary cause of contacting the out-patient department in compliance with up-to-date standards. That is to say, 4 of 5 patients would not need other specialists.
The competence of a general practice doctor comprises many various aspects: state of skin and hair, visual acuity, flatfoot, preventive examination of mammary glands, latent depression, frequent cold-related diseases, state of leg veins, excessive weight, increased arterial pressure etc. However, family doctors cannot replace niche specialists: they only provide primary assistance and diagnostics. A family doctor is qualified to collect all available pathology, to assess its urgency, to foresee available risk factors and to develop an individual treatment tactics and a strategy of conduct.
Besides, a family doctor knows best the fundamental opportunities of modern medical science in all fields. A doctor (not a patient!) arranges the necessary consultations of niche specialists, the required additional examinations, if necessary - hospitalization and support at the in-patient department. Put this another way: a doctor provides professional adaptation of the patient's needs to the medical services market, optimizes diagnostic and therapeutic load.
TETRAXIM vaccine (prophylaxis of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis)