Talk:Primary care

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Comment regarding "holistic view"[edit]

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. (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.

Propose merger with "health care"[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
No consensus to merge --KarlB (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

This article is poorly referenced, incomplete, and does not contain a worldwide perspective. Recommend it be merged with the "health care" article, which provides a more holistic view of health care and worldwide perspective (with references).Guptan99 (talk) 11:56, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Those aren't reasons to merge, in my opinion. You can find rationale to merge (or not) at Wikipedia:Merging#Rationale. "Merging should be avoided if ... 2. The separate topics could be expanded into longer standalone (but cross linked) articles 3. The topics are discrete subjects and deserve their own articles even though they may be short." 2 & 3 apply here in my opinion. Jesanj (talk) 13:00, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
OK I merged the relevant text from the main "health care" article here then, even if its a duplication. Also added some more country sections for more worldwide perspective.Guptan99 (talk) 14:02, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.