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primary care physician (PCP, P.C.P.)

Etymology: L, primus + ME, caru, sorrow; Gk, physikos, natural
a physician who usually is the first health professional to examine a patient and who recommends secondary care physicians, medical or surgical specialists with expertise in the patient's specific health problem, if further treatment is needed.

primary care physician

A mainstream physician who provides care to a patient at the time of first (non-emergency) contact, which usually occurs on an outpatient basis. In the US, primary care providers include internists (formerly, general practitioners), family practitioners and paediatricians; in many regions of the US, gynaecologists provide primary care to women.

primary care physician

A physician who provides care to a Pt at the time of first–non-emergent contact, which usually occurs on an outPt basis; PCPs include internists (formerly general practitioners), family practitioners, or emergency room physicians. See Family practice, General practitioner, Internist.

pri·mar·y care phy·si·cian

(prī'mar-ē kār fi-zish'ăn)
A physician in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics who is a patient's first contact for health care in an ambulatory setting.
See also: health care provider

primary care physician,

n the first medical doctor a patient will seek for care. A specialist for general conditions.
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