One of the best ways to stay healthy is to see your primary care provider (PCP) regularly.
Over time, your doctor gets to know you, your lifestyle, and your preferences.
Routine visits can keep you up-to-date on vaccines and detect any changes in your health.
Here's what you should know about preventive care and routine doctor's visits.
Preventive care is seeing your PCP when you're healthy to help you stay healthy. It's not care you get when you're sick.
People of all ages and states of health benefit from preventive care.
Preventive care includes:
UPMC provides a broad range of preventive medicine services at our primary care locations.
A routine visit happens when you may or may not be sick. It's a way to check in with your doctor regularly.
Seeing your PCP on a set schedule helps you prevent illness.
You can talk to your doctor about how often they should see you. For many adults, it's once every six months or one time a year. For younger, healthy adults, it may be less.
A routine visit may include a physical exam, drawing blood, and screening for mental health problems like depression. All these things will help your doctor better understand your overall health.
Your PCP may give you tips on:
You can ask your PCP if a video visit is an option for a routine visit.
Find a UPMC PCP close to you if you don't already have one. Then call us to make an appointment or learn how we can help.
Routine care means seeing your PCP on a regular basis. It includes physical exams and bloodwork.
Preventive care means specific things your provider does to help prevent disease. It includes vaccines, screening tests, and healthy lifestyle counseling.
Routine care and preventive care are closely related. People sometimes use these terms interchangeably.
A physical is part of routine health care for adults and children.
You may also need a physical for activities such as:
If you're a current patient and you had a recent exam, your PCP may not need to see you. They may fill out your physical form based on that visit.
It's best to contact your PCP for details about completing the forms for activities.
During your exam, your doctor will check your health by using special equipment to:
They'll check different body systems with simple tests and ask questions.
The exam is your chance to discuss your overall health with your doctor and ask any questions.
Call your PCP's office to plan a visit.
Or find a UPMC PCP location close to you and make an appointment.