Creating a continuing, trusting relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) for your ongoing healthcare needs has immense value. They know you and your medical and personal history, allowing them to recognize changes in your health and well-being. A PCP cares for you as an entire person (physical, mental and emotional) in addition to overseeing all your routine care.
When choosing a PCP, remember that you are an essential partner in the relationship and it’s important for you to be involved in your care. Consider the relationship you build with your PCP to be a long-term partnership with someone you know and trust.
“Primary care providers establish a relationship with a patient for a lifetime,” says Dr. Alka Atal-Barrio, a pediatrician with The Everett Clinic. “That is very meaningful.”
Think about your hairdresser. You don’t switch to a different one every month – you find someone you are happy with and continue to see them. In turn, they get to know you. You feel confident in their ability and know you’re going to walk out happy. It’s similar with a PCP – they build trust in that relationship by understanding you, listening carefully and providing excellent care.
“At The Everett Clinic, our goal is to provide the highest quality care and to build a partnership with you so your healthcare needs are met and you feel like you’re being well taken care of,” says Dr. Atal-Barrio.
Your PCP’s office is the best place for:
- Routine care: regular physicals, prescription refills, immunizations
- Common illnesses: colds, flu, ear pain, sore throat, asthma, headaches, fever, rashes and behavior and school concerns
- Chronic and complex conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid, high cholesterol
- Minor injuries: sprains, back pain, cuts and burns, broken bones or eye injuries
Your PCP can also:
- Provide education about preventive care which helps you take charge of your health and save money
- Help you navigate through chronic or complex illnesses
- Act as your advocate and refer you to specialists as needed
Types of PCPs
When choosing a PCP, you have options, including which department you choose for your care (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics) as well as whether you will choose a physician or an advanced clinical practitioner to provide your care. Learn more about advanced clinical practitioners at everettclinic.com/ACP.
Family Medicine providers care for the general medical, psychological and developmental needs of you and your entire family.
Internal Medicine providers focus on adult medicine and have had special training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases.
Pediatricians specialize in child and adolescent healthcare from birth through age 18.
Some healthcare organizations offer inventive online tools with a focus on quality, convenience and accessibility to help their patients make informed choices. Many healthcare organizations have online biographies and videos available which can give you a glimpse into provider personality and patient philosophy. Also available on The Everett Clinic website is secure access to your medical record, appointment scheduling, bill pay, pricing and urgent care wait times.
If you are interested in establishing with an Everett Clinic PCP, you can meet our provider team at everettclinic/doctor. For help choosing a PCP, please call 425-339-4204.
— Sponsored by the Everett Clinic