Primary care is the everyday healthcare provided by a health care provider. This provider generally acts as the first contact of continuing care for patients within a healthcare system, and coordinates the patient with other specialist care that they may need.
Why is primary care important?
A primary care physician is crucial to help an individual navigate to good health and stay healthy; preventing illnesses and diseases by identifying risk factors; coordinating and managing chronic disease care for longevity and a better quality of life.
The main role of primary health care is to provide comprehensive and continuous care to the patients. It also helps in making the patient available with the various social welfare and public health services initiated by the governing bodies and other organizations. The other major role of a primary health care center is to offer high-quality health and social services to the underprivileged sections of the society.
What are the main characteristics of primary care?
The main characteristics of primary care are a focus on patient/family relations, self-reliance and participation; community engagement and participation; health workers collaborating in inter-disciplinary teams; proactive preventative measures; integration and coordination of services; accessibility; better management of chronic conditions; localized set of choices; sustainability; and multi-sector alignment and involvement.
The services provided in primary health care should be easily acceptable to every individual, regardless of background or community. The traditional and illiterate community cannot easily accept any kinds of means and services. We can also change the traditional thinking and attitude of the people and make primary health care services acceptable to them, although that would require qualified manpower.
In this system, communities are encouraged to take the initiation in identifying their own health and social problems. For that reason, the integration of curative, preventive and promotional health services are given in a unified way by the participation of local populace.
Primary health care services are based on local technology and can be easily managed by the local people and community. It does not require more infrastructures and complex technology which can be easily handled by the national economy. If proper planning is done to construct hospitals with modern technology in every town, it is very difficult to bear the expenses by the state and almost impossible for the national economy. However, the primary health care system is cheaper and more affordable to the people of the community. The state also gets more benefits at low cost.
What is included in primary health care?
Primary care includes the promotion of health, prevention of disease, maintenance of health, counselling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings including at the office, critical care, long-term care, and inpatient. Primary care is conducted and directed by a personal physician oftentimes collaborating with other health professionals, and utilizing consultation or referral when necessary. Primary care provides support for patients in the health care system to accomplish cost-effective care by coordination of health care services. Primary care also promotes effective communication with patients and encourages the role of the patient as a partner in health care.
If you or someone you know is looking for Primary Health Care, please contact our office to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us at (918) 683-0753 or visit us online at www.ccommedical.com. We are located at 350 South 40th Street, Muskogee, OK 74401.