Providing continuous, accessible care
Primary care facilities are generally a patient’s first point of contact for healthcare needs. Most people think of a doctor’s office, but primary care can also be delivered in community health clinics, schools, dentist offices, and many other locations.
Primary care practitioners focus on patient-centered prevention through the following means:
- Health promotion
- Disease prevention
- Health maintenance
- Care coordination
- Patient education
In addition to improving overall health for the patient through preventative measures, primary care also reduces medical costs by addressing health concerns before they become catastrophic.
Career opportunities in primary care can include:
- Registered Nurse (RNs)
- Medical Assistant
- Community Health Workers
- Medical Coders and Billers
- Primary Care Providers
- Medical Office Administration
What Is It Like to Work in Primary Care?
Primary care providers offer a patient continuous care over time that tends to their overall wellness. To achieve these goals, it is important that a primary care provider coordinates a patient’s care with other providers. For example, a primary care provider is expected to collaborate with physicians, specialists, and caregivers. Caregivers also keep the patient informed and involved in making decisions regarding their treatment. New roles are emerging in primary care to assist with care coordination.
Primary care is also evolving to be very focused on patient-involved preventative care. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model is one example of a change in the way primary care is being delivered in some offices and clinics.