General practitioners are doctors who work primarily within clinical environments, and they often provide services for whole families. They provide direct patient care, such as physical exams and assessments, as well as diagnostic tests, x-rays, and lab tests, all of which can lead to a diagnosis. When the practitioner is unsure of a diagnosis, the patient may be referred to another doctor. General practitioners also provide care such as managing wounds, infections, and injuries. Patients may be advised regarding test results and how they can improve their health at home through plans relating to diet, exercise, and care specific to their ailments.
It is important for general practitioners to have a large network of referrals so that patients can be referred to specialists whenever necessary. Medication should be administered to patients as necessary, and the medication should not interfere with any allergies or other problems the patient may have.
Strong record keeping skills are important in this position so adequate documentation can be produced. It may sometimes be necessary to communicate with other healthcare providers of patients to solve any problems that may arise. Some management skills are also necessary in order to oversee nurses and physician assistants, and interpersonal skills are important to help patients feel at ease. Proper hygiene and care must be displayed at all times according to company policies and local and federal laws.
General Practitioner Tasks
Refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Treat a wide variety of common health problems, concentrating on primary health care for the entire family.