Dr. Cohen has been trained in two medical specialties.
Having studied Family Medicine, Dr. Cohen has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for families and individuals suffering from all types of illnesses, disorders, conditions and diseases. As a family doctor, Dr. Cohen is usually the first point of contact for patients when they seek general medical care (categorized as a primary care provider) and can refer patients to specialists when necessary.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
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Having studied Geriatrics, Dr. Cohen has been trained to provide comprehensive medical care for elderly and aging patients. As patients age, they may experience an increased susceptibility to illness and injury; in some cases illnesses or injuries may overlap, creating complicated diagnostic and treatment processes. Dr. Cohen is trained to diagnose, treat and manage these and any related medical situations.
Geriatrics, or geriatric medicine, is a medical specialty focused on the treatment of illness and disease in older people. Because more than half of adults aged 65 or older have at least three or more overlapping medical conditions, extra diligence and care is necessary to ensure safe, effective treatment and management of their conditions. There is no set age for the time that a patient begins to see a geriatrician; it is based upon the individual’s medical needs and determined through discussions with the patient’s acting physician.
Geriatricians are trained to identify and treat the “geriatric giants,” which are the four main categories of deficiencies that begin to appear as a patient ages. These include (1) instability, (2) incontinence, (3) impaired intellect or memory and (4) immobility. By preparing for and treating against these incremental deficiencies, geriatricians can attempt to provide a better quality of life in patients and prevent other conditions that may arise out of the onset of these impairments.
Because geriatricians are familiar with the way people age and the effect it has on the body, they are able to provide comprehensive care that other physicians may not be capable of. Because the elderly may experience overlapping medical conditions, they will be often prescribed a variety of treatments and medications. It is the geriatrician’s duty to ensure that these treatments and medications safely coincide, being mindful of the fact that some combinations of medications may result in harmful interactions.
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