Physicians; Nurses; Health care providers; Doctors; Pharmacists
This article describes health care providers involved in primary care, nursing care, and specialty care.
A primary care provider (PCP) is a person you may see first for checkups and health problems. PCPs can help manage your overall health. If you have a health care plan, find out what type of practitioner can serve as your PCP.
Advanced practice nurses include nurse practitioners (NPs) and the following:
Licensed pharmacists have graduate training from a college of pharmacy.
Your pharmacist prepares and processes drug prescriptions that were written by your primary or specialty care provider. Pharmacists provide information to people about medicines. They also consult with health care providers about dosages, interactions, and side effects of medicines.
Your pharmacist may also follow your progress to check that you are using your medicine safely and effectively.
Pharmacists also can evaluate your health and prescribe medicines.
Your primary care provider may refer you to professionals in various specialties when necessary, such as:
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants may also provide care in association with most types of specialists.
Association of American Medical Colleges. Careers in medicine.
American Academy of PAs. What is a PA?
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. What is an NP?
Review Date: 7/13/2016
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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