Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. (context healthcare English) The medical attention that a patient receives upon first contact with a healthcare system; either a general practitioner or the A&E or ER department of a hospital.
n. the medical care received on first contact with the medical system (before being referred elsewhere)
Primary care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider. Typically this provider acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care for patients within a healthcare system, and coordinates other specialist care that the patient may need. Patients commonly receive primary care from professionals such as a primary care physician ( general practitioner or family physician), a nurse practitioner ( adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, or pediatric nurse practitioner), or a physician assistant. In some localities such a professional may be a registered nurse, a pharmacist, a clinical officer (as in parts of Africa), or a Ayurvedic or other traditional medicine professional (as in parts of Asia). Depending on the nature of the health condition, patients may then be referred for secondary or tertiary care.
Usage examples of "primary care".
Demoted from primary care-giver to companion, he was strapped into a seat at the foot of her stretcher.
Dray Perez-Como, her primary care physician, assigned a roster of volunteers to stay with her at all times, and made sure she could see light from whichever of her optical pickups she turned on.
Giving Leyoro one last look, Troi headed toward the emergency pediatric unit attached to the primary care ward.
The Rosenfield Clinics enjoyed the best reputation for quality primary care in the city.
The manager of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) was rebuffed in his attempts to curtail primary care for the Illegals, currently pegged at $75 to $80 million annually.
Meanwhile, I've developed conjunctivitis and it's back to the primary care physician who peers into my reddened eye.
You'll be an enormous addition to our primary care/gatekeeper crew, no doubt about it.