Family Medicine

Family medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and the family. It is the specialty in breadth that integrates the biologic, clinical, and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both genders, each organ system, and every disease entity (AAFP, 2009).

In many countries, the term general practice is synonymous with family medicine. The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners emphasizes that a general practitioner provides care that is "anticipatory as well as responsive and is not limited by the age, sex, race, religion, or social circumstances of patients, nor by their physical or mental states." The general practitioner must be the patient's advocate; must be competent, caring, and compassionate; must be able to live with uncertainty; and must be willing to recognize limitations and refer when necessary (Richards, 1997).

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