Family medicine is a clinical specialty that provides comprehensive across all ages, gender, organ system, and specialties), cost-effective and patient-centred care. This field specializes on the patient and a family physician is a patient’s advocate.
Family practice is well recognized in the developed countries and has been crucial in providing universal, affordable and accountable health care access to all sections of the society. Shifaa recognized the need for this specialty and has been a pioneer in initiating an academic department in family medicine.
The family physician is able to manage 80% of the presenting problems in a health centre. The patient is taken care of from ‘cradle to grave’ and the care includes preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care.