A primary care provider (PCP) is often the first point of contact for a patient’s medical and health care needs. Many patients develop long-standing relationships with a PCP who can spot issues before they become major health problems.
Primary care providers are advocates for the patient and coordinate the use of the health care system in the patient’s best interest. PCPs encourage patients to be an active partner in their own health care.
Primary Care Providers:
- Provide preventive care and education about healthy lifestyles
- Diagnose and treat illness
- Develop an individualized plan of care
- Recommend regular health screenings
- Refer to medical specialists when necessary
Types Of Primary Care Providers
See patients of all ages, including infants, children, teens, adults and seniors
Also called "internists," these providers care for all ages of adults
Specialize in the care of older adults (generally 65 years or older)
Specialize in the care of children (infants through late teens)
All PCPs on the Doylestown Hospital Medical Staff are board-certified. This means they have voluntarily met additional standards beyond their medical license and have demonstrated expertise in a particular specialty. To maintain board certification, a doctor must stay current on advances in the specialty and demonstrate best practices for patient safety and care.