Your primary care physician (PCP) is your partner in health. Beyond just routine care, treating illness, managing chronic conditions, and serves as your advocate within the health care system.
Your primary care physician generally provides you with most of your medical care unless you require specialized treatment for a health problem, at which time they will offer a referral and help coordinate and explain your treatment options.
Your relationship with your PCP should continue throughout your life. At UPMC in Central Pa., we are committed to the medical home model of expanded care. This model emphasizes a team approach and encourages the patient to become an active partner in his or her health.
Typically, your primary care providers will be identified as family practice, internal medicine, or pediatric doctors. In some practices, you may have the option of having your care delivered by a nurse practitioner or a physician's assistant.
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