The Benefits of Having a Family Medicine Doctor

During this time of year, it’s easy to confuse and misinterpret symptoms of a typical cold, the flu, COVID-19, and other illnesses and viruses. These symptoms, as well as other acute medical problems, can be solved by calling to schedule an appointment with your family doctor.

Benefits of a Family Medicine Doctor

During this time of year, it’s easy to confuse and misinterpret symptoms of a typical cold, the flu, COVID-19, and other illnesses and viruses. These symptoms, as well as other acute medical problems, can be solved by calling to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. At Bluestem Health in Lincoln, Nebraska, we understand that a family doctor is essential to helping you and your family navigate exceptional healthcare. A family doctor can identify risk factors, as well as managing chronic disease care for a better quality of life. Here are some benefits of a family medicine doctor and they are essential to both you and your family.

Continuity of Care


Having an established doctor means that there is continuity of care. This means that there is continuous contact between you and your doctor. Studies suggest that continuity of care is linked to lower death rates, higher patient satisfaction, and improved patient trust.

At Bluestem Health, we understand that trust is a key element in doctor-patient relationships because patients are more likely to disclose important information with doctors they know and depend on. Not to mention, it is also beneficial for doctors to know their patients’ health history because it helps them make better-informed medical decisions, advice, and recommendations.


Importance of a Follow-up

In the moment, a follow-up appointment may not seem that important, but it is for both you and your health. In a follow-up, you have the opportunity to ask your family medicine doctor advice on your diagnosis, test results, concerns about possible new medication, and any other medical questions you might have.

A follow-up is an indicator of what proactive care looks like, meaning that going to your follow-up appointment to see your doctor indicates your willingness to take appropriate steps to handle your medical care. Understanding that your doctor is one of the most important resources to help you deal with medical issues that arise will keep you motivated to maintain a good line of communication with your doctor.

Established Connection


You establish comfort and trust with a family doctor, you get to know your doctor and they get to know you. You establish a familiarity which makes visits more comfortable. Because of this, they’ll be better equipped to diagnose and treat you.

According to the Duke Center of Personalized Care, the doctor-patient relationship is a foundation of clinical care. Doctor-patient relationships can have profound positive and negative implications on clinical care.

At Bluestem Health, we encourage everyone to consider scheduling your next appointment with a family doctor. Now, more than ever, it is in the best interest of your health to have a trusted, skilled, and established connection with a family doctor in your community.

If you want to live a long, healthy life and have the peace of mind of knowing you are in the care of a skilled, trustworthy family medicine doctor near you, contact our Bluestem Health family doctors located in Lincoln, NE. They are highly experienced in the science of medicine and art of compassionate care. Check out our newest Bluestem Health family medicine clinic by scheduling a time at our Piedmont Clinic location, 1500 S. 48th St, Suite 412, Lincoln, NE 68506. Call 402-441-6642.

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