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Comment regarding "holistic view"
The article currently states: Because of the nature of problems presented to a primary care physician, he/she has to keep a holistic view of the patient, investigating carefully if the problem presented can be managed by reassurance and symptomatic treatment or by intervention. I'm removing that statement. The job of a primary care provider is to treat or refer to a secondary care provider if he or she is unable to treat. Edwardian 08:53, 30 July 2005 (UTC)
- Yes, their job is to treat or refer, but remember that sometimes reassurance and advice is treatment - possibly the most appropriate treatment, in fact, if the primary care doctor believes it is most appropriate for the patient's complaint (e.g. mild insomnia), or if the doctor concludes there is nothing medically wrong with the patient. A primary care doctor is not obligated to provide some sort of "concrete" treatment, just what they believe (in their professional judgement) is the most appropriate treatment available. I think the statement should go back, with a some minor alterations: most importantly, to make it clear that "reassurance" and "intervention" are not mutually exclusive, and can be one and the same. Also, "symptomatic treatment" will typically involve drug treatment anyway, so again, is definitely not distinct from an intervention. 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:31, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
removed type 2 from after Diabetes Mellitus. Primary care docs commonly treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.