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Lalarukh N. Mufti, MD completed her internal medicine residency training at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, then went on to work at Summit Hospital in Hermitage, TN. She has practiced medicine in Avon since May 2011. Dr. Mufti is well known in the Farmington Valley for her compassion, taking a keen interest in the well-being of her patients. She takes the time to answer patients questions and strives to keep her knowledge current with the latest advances in medicine.
Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) can help you stay fit by examining you regularly and getting to know your lifestyle. In an interview, the Doctor and staff collect information on your symptoms, prior medical history and any other current health details. This will help them assess what your present health care needs are, and what you may need for the future. A primary care physician educates you, the patient, to help prevent serious medical issues later in life. Because a health care professional is trained in many different disciplines, they can often treat illness and injury before these conditions become serious, saving you both time and money.
PCPs offer physical examinations and often educate patients on safe health practices, self-care treatments and provide screening tests and immunizations. Some PCPs are trained in basic medical testing, such as interpreting blood tests, stool or urine samples, or diagnostic imaging results. Other diagnostic procedures may be referred to specialists with more complex training in their field. After all the data is collected, the physician arrives at a diagnosis and formulates a plan which may include: further testing, referrals, medication, physical therapy, diet, exercise, patient education, and follow-up.
A primary care physician is usually the first contact for a patient because of familiarity, accessibility, ease of communication, and managed care requirements. Many health maintenance organizations require PCPs to regulate access to the more costly procedures with specialists. Some primary care physicians develop their own expertise in certain fields, providing equivalent quality of care, but at a lower cost than a specialist.
Studies of the quality of preventive health care find that PCPs perform best with health counseling issues such as breast cancer screenings and influenza shots. The PCP acts on behalf of the patient to collaborate with outside specialists, coordinate care, work with hospitals or rehabilitation centers, keep patient's records on file, and provide long-term management of chronic conditions. Continuous care is important for patients with medical conditions that involve multiple organs and require prolonged treatment and monitoring, such as diabetes and hypertension.