Family medicine physicians, also called family practice physicians, are medical doctors who specialize in the total health care of the individual and the family.
Family medicine physicians can diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions and diseases for people of all ages and both sexes. They may further specialize in another area of medicine, such as the care of older adults (geriatric medicine) or people who have sports injuries (sports medicine).
Family medicine physicians can be board-certified by the Board of Family Medicine, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. A nurse practitioner can serve as a patient’s regular health care provider.