Extensivist Medicine is a relatively new area of medicine focusing on high risk patients. An Extensivist Physician is an Internist or Family Medicine Physician who provides comprehensive and coordinated care to patients with multiple complex medical issues.
With Extensivist Medicine, family physicians, in addition to diagnosing and treating diseases, provide preventive care. Preventive care is a wide scope in itself and covers for regular checkups, inoculation, screening tests, health-risk assessments and provision of advice on the maintenance of a quality and healthy lifestyle.
Primary care is the wider of medical care that family medicine falls under. The Institute of Medicine defines primary care as "the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for the addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients and practicing in the context of family and community". Other primary care specialties include pediatrics and general internal medicine. Family physicians and doctors thus fall under a wider category of primary care physicians called family care physicians. While there are several similarities between Extensivist Physician and other primary care physicians, family physicians are at edge of making an overall impact on the health of a patient for their lifetime. The intent of primary care as is with family medicine is provision of patient-centered care as opposed to physician-centered care, an act that has helped in the achievement of impressive health outcomes, translating to saving costs associated with treating chronic illnesses which could have been handled in their acute stages.
Primary care is based on continuity as a key characteristic. The terms arise from fact that patients have their preference inclined to the consultation of the same primary care physician for the routine check-ups, health education and preventive care.
An extensivist will help your family make healthier life choices by educating them on nutrition, exercise and how to live a healthy lifestyle as they continue to grow and mature. Since they are equipped to handle maturing bodies, this type of physician will inform and nurture your children from a young age all the way to a young adult. By keeping their same doctor throughout their childhood, through their adolescence and into their young adulthood, your children can form a bond of trust and the doctor can get to know your children and pick up on any patterns in their overall health.
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