Finding a primary care clinician who you like and trust, and building a partnership with him or her over time is one of the best things you can do for your health. My goal as a connection specialist is to be the first step in navigating that process, taking the stress and anxiety out of finding a new primary care clinician, and talking through the process and answering any questions you may have so we can get you on the road to good health.
Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care clinician have better overall health outcomes and save money in the long run by doing yearly preventative visits. As you begin looking for a primary care clinician, consider the following:
- Are the office hours or location convenient?
Some patients want to have a clinician closer to their workplace versus their home, and Affinity Health System has several convenient locations to meet your health care needs. We offer same-day appointments, extended hours during the week and also weekend hours at some of our locations.
- What do you want in a clinician?
I often get asked how long a particular clinician has been practicing, or what their specialty is. If you have specific needs, like treating high cholesterol, or are interested in treatments such as integrative medicine or acupuncture, keep those in mind while you search.
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Who do you picture when you think of visiting your primary care provider? I’d guess most of us key in on our physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. We refer to these professionals as primary care providers, or PCPs. While it’s true that your PCP is the leader of your medical home care team, she or he is only one of many highly trained team members who must work seamlessly to ensure the level of personalized care that you expect and deserve.
Your Affinity Medical Home has been busy re-engineering your care team with new roles and even new types of providers who work together with you to manage your health. One of our guiding principles is to align roles so that everyone is working at the top of their license or skill set. We want the right people working with you at all times. Continue Reading »