Family medicine is a medical specialty and a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive healthcare for the individual and family across all ages, genders, diseases, and body organs. This medical specialty is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, and it emphasizes disease prevention and health promotion.
The Family Medicine Model (FMM) supports people to live healthier lives in their communities; from ensuring a healthy birth, to reaching an old-age free from the burden of diseases, FMM provides a first step to your family’s health.
Each person has family practitioner, supported by a professional team, who will provide continuity of care for better health service quality and health outcomes.
The FMM shifts primary health care focus from disease treatment to disease prevention. It promotes screening for early diagnosis of risk factors, and diseases. It provides better access to specialist services in the community, and effective management of stable chronic conditions by providing services that cover all residential areas.
The FMM reflects a global shift in healthcare management and approach, and works in partnership with the patient, to meet their health goals.
According to the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONKA), the aim of family medicine is to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community. The specialty focuses on treating the whole person while acknowledging the effects of all outside influences -through all life stages.
Our integrated FMM helps people better manage their own health and reduce the need to be admitted to secondary care, improving patients’ independence and wellbeing.
|Services fragmented and non-continuous, provided by individual health care professionals with no clear relationship to the patient/family.||Services integrated, focused on continuity of care, provided by an interprofessional team, with a clear relationship to the patient/family|
Family physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians also manage chronic illness, often coordinating care provided by other subspecialists.
Family physician's post medical school training includes rotations in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, psychiatry, and geriatrics.
Your Family doctor will:
Help you access all the services you need in one visit.
Guide you and help you manage your health.
Ultimately, identify any potential future health concerns to ensure that you and your family maintain optimal health.
Connect you with other clinical specialists (Specialists, Health Coach, etc. as required).
General Family Medicine Clinic
Postnatal and Family Planning
Communicable Disease (CDC), Travel Vaccination
Medical Commission Services
Non-Communicable Disease Management
Annual Health Checks
Child & Adolescent Health
Smoking Cessation Clinic
Well Baby & Vaccination Services
Insurance / Renewal of Health Cards
Laboratory & Minor Surgery
With a family physician on your side, you have a partner to guide you and help you manage your health. Family medicine practitioners develop personal relationships with their patients and build a history with them.
Not only are they a great resource for preventive care, but your relationship with them and their insight into your health history are crucial when irregular symptoms - physical or emotional - point to potential diseases and conditions. And when a specialist's care is needed, your family medicine practitioner will serve as an advocate for you and coordinate your care with the needed specialist, helping you navigate new information and recommendations.
The Case Management service is a collaborative process in which patients and clinicians identify and discuss ways to improve the patient's health, wellbeing, and quality of life through the development and implementation of a holistic care plan.
This proactive approach enables the multi-disciplinary team, including a care coordinator, to identify and understand patients’ health needs through better understanding of their health and self-management goals, helping to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, and make better use of resources.
Typically, case management is for people with two or more chronic health conditions. The service is for registered PHCC patients with multiple chronic conditions that require additional support. Eligible patients will be directly contacted by their HC to enroll in the service. The service will initially be available at Al Wajba, Umm Slal, West Bay and Al Wakra Health Centers with plans to roll out the service at additional health centers soon.