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What is a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

Understanding the Role of a Primary Care Physician

A primary care physician (PCP) is a type of doctor who serves as the first point of contact for a patient’s general medical needs. They are responsible for diagnosing and treating common medical conditions, as well as coordinating and managing the patient’s overall care and referrals to specialists if necessary. PCPs typically specialize in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics, and they provide ongoing care for patients throughout their lives. By establishing a relationship with a PCP, patients can receive personalized and comprehensive care and benefit from their physician’s knowledge of their medical history, lifestyle, and overall health status.