Primary care is considered to be the very first point of discussion when we talk about health services and it provides our entire health system with a point of view. According to the researchers, access to primary care is directly linked to improved health consequences in most of the cases, including a considerable reduction in mortality from all causes.
Increased Access to Health Services
Primary health care has the aim to expand the approach of the general public to health care services, which is especially relevant for groups of isolated or impoverished people that are not having the resources to access such services.
Primary Care Professionals are always available and play a key role in the healthcare system to assist the patients to understand and address their health-related and other potential concerns they’re going through. A referral for more advanced treatment in case of need may be made as well.
Focus on Prevention
Primary care puts a heavy focus on strategies for prevention. In particular, these are common improvements that affect many facets of wellness. For example, breastfeeding, quitting smoking, remaining physically active, and maintaining a balanced diet. Regions having a slightly higher percentage of primary care doctors to population in the US associated with relatively lower rates of obesity and smoking.
Early Management of Health Conditions
Primary care professionals are often in a position to prescribe screening steps to recognize the earliest of changes that may prove to be predictive of particular diseases. This may include blood pressure management, blood checks, breast exams, mammograms, tests for cervical cancer in women, and most importantly the screening for bowel cancer.
Some researchers have also revealed that the patients who were admitted to the hospitals were at a higher risk of missing access to a primary health professional with problems linked to a controllable health problem, such as hypertension.