There are many different types of doctors in the health care field, each focusing on one specific aspect of an individual’s health. One person may see a cardiologist for their heart, an endocrinologist to manage their diabetes, and an oncologist to oversee the management of their cancer. While this can be overwhelming, it is important to know you have support in navigating your health care journey- your primary care provider.
Regardless of a person’s health or place on their health care journey, a PCP is a vital part of the process. A primary care provider, or PCP, looks at all aspects of their patients’ care to see “the big picture.” Your PCP can help you manage everyday health needs and concerns, while also helping you get advanced, specialized care when it is needed. Your PCP is like a quarterback - getting feedback from your specialists and adjusting your care plan to keep you as healthy as possible. There are many reasons why following up regularly with a primary care doctor is important, including:
· Maintaining your health with preventative care and screenings
· Early detection of health concerns
· Consistent management of chronic conditions
· Familiarity, as you and your PCP will come to know each other very well
Preventative care is key to staying as healthy as possible, and this is most often managed and followed by your PCP. Preventative care includes going to your annual wellness visits and completing routine health exams, screenings and vaccinations. Your PCP knows how important these screenings are to your health and wellness, but they need your engagement to create the best care plan for you.
Your health is of utmost importance to live a long and happy life. Connecting and building a long-term relationship with a PCP is key to helping you meet your goals.