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Jul 3, 2024

Primary care is personal. Dr. Harry Hawthorne, a Board Certified family medicine physician who provides primary care with St. Francis Medical Group, discusses the importance of primary care and the role of family medicine in healthcare. He emphasizes the value of building relationships with patients and the ability to provide comprehensive care for individuals of all ages.  

Dr. Hawthorne also addresses misconceptions about primary care and encourages listeners to establish and maintain a trusting relationship with their primary care provider. 

Primary care providers play a crucial role in building relationships with patients and providing comprehensive care for individuals of all ages. Primary care is not just about treating acute illnesses but also about managing chronic conditions and addressing mental health concerns. 

Establishing a trusting relationship with a primary care provider is important for personalized and effective healthcare. Urgent care has its place, but primary care offers the advantage of continuity of care and a provider who knows your medical history. It is important to address and manage chronic conditions early to prevent complications and improve overall health. 

Primary care providers can help address underlying issues that may be causing symptoms and provide holistic care. Finding a primary care provider that you trust and feel comfortable with is essential for your overall health and well-being. 

Key Moments: 

  • Family Medicine vs. Internal Medicine: What’s the Difference? – 3:34  

  • Why Young Adults Shouldn’t Skip Primary Care – 6:05

  • Tackling Chronic Conditions: How Primary Care Can Help – 7:51 

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety: The Primary Care Approach – 11:02 

  • Urgent Care vs. Primary Care: When to Go Where – 14:35

  • Why Continuity of Care Matters: The Primary Care Advantage – 16:01

  • Building a Strong Relationship with Your Primary Care Provider – 19:41

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