Internal Medicine and Patient-Centered Care
Internal Medicine Defined
Internal Medicine encompasses episodic care for acute symptoms, management of chronic disease, and disease prevention, and broadly reaches across mental, emotional, and social concerns involving the health, wellness, and function of the individual. Internal Medicine physicians have the experience, knowledge, and skill to evaluate a very vast array of symptoms in order to correctly diagnose an individual and manage acute and chronic diseases, as well as deliver preventative services. The emergence of patient-centered care has revolutionized the discipline of Internal Medicine.
What is Patient-Centered Care?
Patient-Centered Care focuses on the individual patient’s symptoms, health history, and unique needs. Physicians, who use the patient-centered model in their practice, apply best evidence to all decision making. They coordinate amongst the various health care teams and providers to achieve optimal results for their patients.