Family medicine (FM) is a medical specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages. It is a division of primary care that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and family across all ages. It is based on knowledge of the patient in the context of the family and the community, emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion. The aim of family medicine is to provide personal, comprehensive and continuing care for the individual in the context of the family and the community.
Family physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians also manage chronic illness, often coordinating care provided by subspecialists.