Family Medicine is the Portuguese name for the Medical Specialty that, having as object the human being as a whole, covers the entire General Medicine, focusing on the person as being unique and different from all others. Focuses on the provision of primary care.
In this Medical Specialty, the patient is observed in its component biological, psychological and social. The family as a unit, is also its object of study. It is assumed that a person's illness affects the whole family, while the opposite is also true. Family dynamics can positively or negatively affect the evolution of the disease. Essentially this specialty develops in the community, providing care close to those who are its users. In addition to responding to the majority of health problems, the GP should adopt a series of gestures of Preventive Medicine as well as understand the family dynamics surrounding its users.
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