primary care

noun

Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (such as a general practitioner, pediatrician, or nurse) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist often used before another noun a primary care physician

called also primary health care

— compare secondary care, tertiary care

Examples of primary care in a Sentence

He provides primary care to inner-city patients.
Recent Examples on the Web And outside of nursing homes, people generally must find their own boosters, either through clinics, local pharmacies, or primary care providers. Liz Szabo, CNN, 13 May 2022 And outside of nursing homes, people generally must find their own boosters, either through clinics, local pharmacies, or primary care providers. Liz Szabo, NBC News, 11 May 2022 For example, could streamlining data sharing between social workers and primary care providers improve outcomes for patients with schizophrenia? Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 4 Apr. 2022 Yet another study showed that counties with more primary care providers had higher rates of vaccination than those with otherwise similar demographic profiles. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 8 Mar. 2022 According to America’s Health Rankings, a state-by-state assessment of the nation’s health put together by the United Health Foundation, California ranks 48th in access to primary care providers and 49th for severe housing problems. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 Over the next decade, there is expected to be a shortfall of more than 4,100 primary care providers of all kinds — mostly in rural counties, according to the California Future of Health Workforce Commission. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Mar. 2022 Beyond public testing sites, urgent care practices and primary care providers also provide testing. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Feb. 2022 Two existing Connecticut programs aimed at recruiting and retaining nurses and other primary care providers through loan forgiveness have gone unfunded. Erica E. Phillips, courant.com, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of primary care

1967, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Primary care.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primary%20care. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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primary care

noun

Medical Definition of primary care

: health care provided by a medical professional (as a general practitioner or a pediatrician) with whom a patient has initial contact and by whom the patient may be referred to a specialist for further treatment often used attributively primary care physiciansprimary care practiceprimary care medicine

called also primary health care

— compare secondary care, tertiary care

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