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Dr. Bushra Siddiqui, MD

Health Matters: Do You Have a Primary Care Provider?

By DR. BUSHRA SIDDIQUI, MD

In the intricate web of health care, primary care physicians (PCPs) are the cornerstone of a patient’s well-being. As a PCP myself, I know there’s a profound value that PCPs bring to the table, often acting as the navigators in the complex terrain of health care.
From physicals and well visits to treating stomach bugs or something more serious, a PCP is there to build relationships with patients to help them through their lifelong health journeys. Now the question is, do you have a PCP?

If not, now is the time to do some research and schedule an appointment. Here are four tips to help you find the PCP that’s right for you:
#1 Continuous Comprehensive Care
A PCP is usually the front door to health care for patients, often serving as the first line of defense and the key to a patient’s long-term well-being. Unlike specialty physicians who may be consulted sporadically, the PCP serves as a constant, familiar face that knows the patient’s medical history, lifestyle, and individual needs.

PCPs play a pivotal role in promoting healthy lifestyles, preventive screenings, and early interventions. Developing a rapport with a primary care doctor can help prevent health problems before they arise, and save patients money in the long run.

#2 The Human Factor
PCPs integrate the human touch with the precision of medical science. While advancements in diagnostics and treatments are crucial, the ability to interpret these technologies and translate them into personalized care plans requires the discerning eye of PCPs. This human touch is irreplaceable in understanding the emotional and psychological aspects of a patient’s health journey.

#3 Coordinated Care
PCPs coordinate with various specialists and health care professionals, ensuring that the patient receives cohesive and well-coordinated care. This collaboration is essential for managing chronic conditions, where a team approach often yields the best outcomes.

From a provider’s perspective, the bond forged with patients over time is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a PCP. Witnessing the impact of preventive measures, celebrating victories over illnesses, and providing support during challenging times create a unique connection that goes beyond the clinical setting.

#4 Choosing a PCP
Choosing a PCP that is the best fit for you and your family is essential. Seek recommendations from friends or family, read online reviews, and consider insurance company ratings based on quality measures. In addition, you may want to choose a PCP based on location or hospital affiliation.

If you don’t currently have a PCP, take time now to find one that you connect with. That way you can feel comfortable with them, and they can help guide you through your health care needs.
Finding a PCP can make all the difference in your overall health. As a PCP, it is my greatest joy and honor to care for my patients and walk through life with them. With these tips, I hope you’ll find the PCP that is right for you.

Dr. Bushra Siddiqui, MD

Dr. Bushra Siddiqui, MD

is a primary care physician, caring for patients at Mercy Health – Sheffield Primary Care. Dr. Siddiqui is board certified in internal medicine. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed her residency with Summa Health System GME.

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