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A general practitioner (GP) or family physician (FP) is a physician/medical doctor who provides primary care. A GP/FP treats acute and chronic illnesses, provides preventive care and health education for all ages and both sexes. Some also care for hospitalized patients, do minor surgery and/or obstetrics. The term general practitioner is common in the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth countries, where the word "physician" is only used for certain specialists and not for GPs.In the US and other areas the term Primary care physician (PCP) is used.
GPs tend to act as gatekeepers to psychology services and much depends on their training and interest in mental disorders and other psychological aspects of their patients care as to their patterns of referral.
GP use of psychological services
Jointworking with GPs in clinical psychology
- The Shipman Enquiry
- American Board of Family Medicine
- Family Doctor- Online information on health
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- GPs’ Qualification Royal College of General Practitioners RCGP UK
- GP Careers Forum
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