Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What is a primary care provider?

A primary care provider (PCP) is someone who practices healthcare, seeing patients who have common medical problems, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

A PCP is most often a doctor but also can be a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner, according to the NIH. Types of physicians who are PCP include family practitioners, pediatricians and internists.

This healthcare provider will be your main source of non-emergency care, and according to the NIH, his or her job is to:

  • Decide how urgent your medical problems are
  • Direct you to the best place or specialist for additional care, if needed
  • Identify and treat common medical conditions
  • Provide preventive care
  • Teach healthy lifestyle choices

PCP’s usually see patients in outpatient offices, but might help with your care if you are in a nearby hospital, depending on the situation, according to the NIH.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices