Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Primary Care Providers

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_139

Synonyms

Definition

Primary care provider is a generalist clinician who provides integrated accessible health care to a defined population. Nurse practitioners, physicians, and physicians’ assistants who provide primary care are specially trained to provide primary care services. The primary care provider develops a sustained relationship with the patient and oversees all aspects of the patient’s health. The primary care provider partners with the patient to coordinate other health services which includes a collaboration with and referral to other members of the health care team. Primary care providers are advocates for the patient throughout the entire health care system.

Cross-References

References and Readings

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians. (2011). Primary care. Retrieved October 20, 2011, from http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/policy/policies/p/primarycare.html#Parsys0002
  2. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Pub. L. No. 111–148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010). Retrieved October 20, 2011, from http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Maryland School of Nursing and the University of Maryland Medical Center Emergency DepartmentBaltimoreUSA