On Thursday, the Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI) highlighted the need to revive the concept of family physicians and popularize the clinical specialty of Family Medicine in India.
As a way to recognize the importance of family doctors, World Family Doctor Day will be held on May 19th.
“Family doctors are common in India, and they are not a new phenomenon.
A family doctor’s traditional role was that of a friend, philosopher, protector, and guide as well as a health manager “According to Academy of Family Physicians of India President Dr. Raman Kumar.
He claims that in those days, the community had a great deal of faith in their local family doctor, who was easily accessible and affordable.
“It has become increasingly difficult to practice general medicine in the last few decades because of the division of medicine into subspecialties.”
With a focus on expertise in specific organs, systems, or diseases, the health sector has made tremendous progress.
The development of these subspecialists and their concentration in hospitals has led to a growing demand in the community for a physician, who is caring, accessible, and an expert.
There is hope that the ancient traditions of general medicine can be revived through the development of a clinical specialty called ‘Family Medicine,’ which re-defines the role of the “Family Doctor” to meet the demands of today’s patients, according to Dr Kumar.
As a medical specialty, family medicine focuses on the well-being of individuals and their families, as well as the community as a whole.