Primary care physicians (PCPs) and their allied healthcare professionals educate and
counsel their patients to promote health and prevent disease, in addition to delivering
comprehensive care for both acute and chronic illnesses in outpatient and inpatient
settings. Primary care is typically the first point of contact for individuals seeking
healthcare services. Family physicians, pediatricians, general practitioners, obstetricians/gynecologists
(OB/GYNs) and geriatricians are examples of PCPs.
Coordination and integration of health monitoring and care delivery between PCPs,
community-based services and family members is a significant challenge. Empowering
and educating individuals to be active participants in their own care is important
to maximizing health in communities.