In the ever-expanding medical field, new pathways are created, in the last decade. The massive expansion has also resulted in the specialized being focused on as a practice. General physicians have been fading as a medical branch, more so in the last decade as a result.
However, it is important to remember why general physicians were so popular in the first place. The general physicians have usually been the first medical point of contact in case someone feels unwell. In many cases, the general physician is the first medical reference for a family over decades, speaking from personal experience.
The COVID pandemic has thrown at us something no one has ever seen before. In a world which we call fast-paced, just for the speed at which the people are moving to get things done, there has been a complete standstill, brought on by a microscopic virus that is killing by the thousands daily.
One of the biggest changes from the pre-COVID world has been the extra focus on being healthy and building immunity. Suddenly, neither of these are choices anymore. We cannot leave any of these for an uncertain ‘tomorrow’ anymore. It is what you need to work on, today. The other major change has been the focus that people are now paying to their health. A slight temperature, cough, feverish feeling – all of it is getting enhanced in its reporting. Small symptoms that people ignored or considered ‘nothing’ once are given attention now. This is a good thing to happen since the treatment can be more effective if reported early.
The final big impact of COVID has been on mental health, resulting from the isolation and the sudden change of lifestyle, across all ages. These mental health issues also manifest in physical health and require addressing by a medical professional. This is because it may not be recognized as such by a person, especially if they have not shown any symptoms of mental health-related issues.
The role of the general physician becomes paramount in case of issues where illness is yet to recognize. It is they who can help you isolate and identify your problem better. The general physician is also the person you go to for medical advice and treatment before you even know what the issue is. In addition, they can analyze your ailment and refer you to the right specialist, apart from treating common ailments themselves. Ailments like headaches, intestinal infections, urinary infection, blood pressure-related health issues, diabetes, and pain can be addressed by the general physician promptly.
The primary physician are the best person to provide you with guidelines for preventive care. In addition, they are the ones who can help you with your diet, exercise, and nutritional decisions. Most families choose to stay with a single-family physician, who knows the medical history.
Given the limitations of senior citizens in stepping out of their homes, a lot of hospitals and clinics are choosing to go ahead with online teleconsultations. Teleconsultation includes video calls – as opposed to visiting a chamber or an OPD. In case of any medical condition, you should always turn to your family physician, especially for teleconsultation. Family physicians are the best people to advise you on the course of action to take.
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