Published: Apr. 4, 2007
Updated: Aug. 23, 2010
By Jeni Baker
The relationship you have with your primary care provider is fundamental to your overall health and wellness.
Primary care physicians (also sometimes known as general practitioners) are the first people you go to with common health concerns -- and they’re also typically the ones who coordinate your care, should you need a referral to a specialist.
Duke provides four categories of primary care: family medicine, general internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and children's primary care.
Family medicine practitioners are primary care physicians who maintain the good health of everyone in your family -- a sort of one-stop health care shop for children, teens, and adults.
In addition to addressing routine, acute, and chronic medical issues of people of all ages, Duke Family Medicine’s experienced physicians promote prevention as the best way to keep your family healthy.
General internal medicine is about caring for the bodily systems of adults (over age 17) and understanding their complex relationships with one another.
Duke’s internal medicine primary care physicians use proven, state-of-the-art tools to help prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of common internal ailments in adults and seniors.
Primary OB-GYN practitioners provide a full range of services to women of all ages -- from adolescence and childbearing years to menopause and beyond. OB-GYN services include well-woman care, obstetrics, and management of menopausal symptoms.
Duke’s highly trained OB-GYN primary care physicians are committed to meeting the health care needs women have at every stage of their lives -- and doing this in a compassionate and sensitive environment.
Duke children's primary care is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and developmental care to infants, children, and adolescents to age 21.
In addition to offering a broad spectrum of wellness services and promoting good health and disease prevention, our pediatric primary care physicians diagnose and treat routine childhood illnesses and injuries.