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n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice is not oriented to a specific medical specialty but instead covers a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages. Also called family doctor.
general practitioner (GP)
Etymology: L, genus, kind; Gk, praktikos, practical
A fully registered medical practitioner in the UK who provides general medical services to a particular group of patients or “list”, either in partnership with other GPs, as a salaried GP in a group or, less commonly, as a single practitioner. GPs may also provide inpatient care in community hospitals. A GP will refer patients “forward” to a consultant (hospital specialist) when the patients’ needs cannot be addressed locally. GPs in the UK are not NHS employees, but rather contract independently with the NHS.
A physician who practices “general medicine”, often an older physician who did not specialise in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Most so-defined GPs have since retired from practice.
general practitionerA physician who practices 'general medicine', often an older physician who did not specialize in any field of medicine after graduation from medical school. Cf Family practitioner, Generalist.
fam·i·ly prac·tice phy·si·cian(fam'i-lē prak'tis fi-zish'ŭn)
The trained health care professional who attends most of the needs of her patients through diagnosis to pharmacotherapy. Previously, the first caregiver seen by patients.
general practitionerA doctor who does not specialize in any particular branch of medicine but who treats a wide variety of relatively minor medical conditions and is able to discern those conditions requiring specialist attention.
n a medical doctor who attends to the everyday medical needs of individuals within a community.
Patient discussion about general practitioner
Q. What is the process a general physician would use to diagnose adult ADHD? I'm have an appointment with my primary care physician to be screened for adult ADHD. Does anyone know what he will do in order to test and diagnose me?
A. Actually I was just diagnosed with ADHD. I'm 57. My doctor sent me to a phyciatrist, and he asked me several questions. Gave me a scrip and want to see me back in a month. I answered 26 questions, and he rated on my answers.More discussions about general practitioner