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The following editorial policy applies to all health content on familydoctor.org, the American Academy of Family Physician’s patient education website.

Qualifications of authors/reviewers and sources of health content:

Authors and reviewers of health content:

  • Must have related work experience in developing or reviewing health-related content for a consumer audience.
  • May be physicians, nurses, other health care providers, and/or professional editors with a clinical background.

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Editorial review process for health content:

Health content displayed on familydoctor.org is developed as follows:

  • Content is authored by a professional writer/editor/producer who has a background in clinical development, health care writing, or by a physician or other health care provider.
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  • Content is always reviewed by a professional editor who has a background in clinical development and by at least one physician whose specialty is family medicine.

Updated: 11/09

Today’s Family Physicians: Specializing in All of You

Today’s family physicians are specialists in family medicine.

Some doctors don’t have to look at a chart to know your name or how you’re feeling.

The specialty of family medicine is centered on lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. Family physicians really know their patients, they listen to them and take time with them, and help them make the right health care decisions. Family physicians are highly trained in the most up-to-date treatments and technologies. But family physicians know that patients want more than a medical diagnosis–they want the comprehensive, personalized care that a family physician offers.

Family physicians treat your whole health…

Family physicians specialize in caring for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients and their families. They know how your family’s health history and situation can affect your health. And they are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life.

…and treat the whole person.

Family physicians are trained in all major medical areas. They diagnose and treat the full range of problems people bring to their doctors. They know when to treat you, and when to bring in another specialist you can trust. Family physicians know that you’re not just a collection of parts, symptoms or conditions. You’re a whole person…so they treat you like one.

Family physicians practice today’s medicine…

Family physicians know the most up-to-date treatments and technologies. Only family physicians train for three years in real practice settings, treating patients in the office, the hospital, and at home. And they re-certify more than any other medical specialty. Continuing Medical Education means that family physicians are experts at applying the latest medical breakthroughs to the everyday care of their patients.

…and help you stay well.

Family physicians are specially trained in preventive medicine. They believe that preventing a health problem is better than having to overcome one. They help you make the right health choices…to keep you and your family healthy.

Most of all, family physicians listen.

Family physicians know that no one knows you… like you. That’s why they take time with you, listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and respect your priorities. They know there is a lot of health and medical information out there. Family physicians help you make the right choices for you and your family. For a healthier life.

Choose today’s family physician.

Because nothing is more important than your health. And today’s family physician specializes in all of you.

Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 100.300 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide.

Americans make more than 200 million office visits to family physicians annually, more than any other medical specialty.

Updated: 11/09