Early Childhood Intervention: Module Three – The Professionals

Family Physician and General Practitioner (GP)

Family and general physicians often provide the first point of contact for people seeking healthcare.

Family physicians are a medical doctors (MDs) who have completed a specialization in  family practice.  General practitioners (GPs) are also MD’s who have finished their basic medical training but who have not completed a specialization.


Both family physicians and GPs assess and treat a wide range of conditions, from sinus and respiratory infections to broken bones. Both family and general physicians typically have a base of regular, long-term patients. When patients require specific attention to a particular condition, or when they require treatment for a more serious conditions, family physicians refer to specialists or other healthcare facilities that can provide this specialized or intensive care.


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