Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman

Primary Care Providers

  • Shannon IdzikEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_139-2



Primary care providers are generalist clinicians who provide 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 include 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.


References and Further Readings

  1. American Academy of Family Physicians. (2016). Primary care. Retrieved 4 Sept 2016, 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 4 Sept 2016, from http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf
  3. Primary Care Provider – HealthCare.gov Glossary. (2016). HealthCare.gov. Retrieved 4 Sept 2016, from https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/primary-care-provider/

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Maryland School of NursingBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Comprehensive CARE CenterBel AirUSA