As a result of the extensiveness of the field of medicine, specific healthcare professionals provide different types specialized services. Below is a comprehensive description of the various groups and subgroups into which medical professionals are organized. The categories include primary care, drug therapy, and nursing care.
Primary Care Professionals
This class of medical professionals is composed of physicians who ascertain the nature of patients’ illnesses during the initial medical check-up. It includes professionals in the following categories:
Nurse practitioners: These are medical doctors who have graduated in the particular areas of family medicine, geriatrics, adult care, and pediatrics.
General Doctors or Generalists: Generalists are medical professionals who are helped by physician assistants and possess specialized training in the fields of family medicine, internal, medicine, or pediatrics.
OB/GYNs: This sub-category of doctors specializes in obstetrics and gynecology.
Nursing Care Professionals
This is another major group, and it includes the following sub-categories:
Licensed practical nurses: They are licensed caregivers specialized in the handling of numerous health conditions.
Registered Nurses: These nurses have graduated and successfully passed the state board exam. They are licensed to practice in particular states.
Advanced practice nurses: These categories of healthcare professionals are more experienced than registered nurses and have finished further education. They have the required skills and training in various fields such as cardiac and psychiatric health, anesthesia, and prenatal care.
Drug Therapy Professionals
This group of medical doctors has graduated from a college with specialization in pharmacy. These professionals are experienced and qualified to dispense medication by following prescriptions prepared by a primary healthcare provider.
Pharmacists will provide information on the drugs available and administer the described drug for the patient’s need. They also advise patients on the required dosage and interactions of the drug and the type of side effects, if any, that the user should expect.
Specialty Care Professionals
These healthcare professionals possess extensive, specialized knowledge in several fields including allergy, dermatology, hematology, and nephrology. Anyone experiencing problems with any parts of their body should consult them to ensure they receive specialized diagnosis and care.