Primary Care Doctor or Endocrinologist?
Last updated: August 2022
Diabetes is a very complex disease, so complex that it may require specialists to deal with the magnitude of it. Or does it? There are many knowledgeable primary care physicians (PCP), or as some of us refer to them ‘family doctors,’ who are quite capable of dealing with diabetes.
In my end of the world, there seems to be a strong preference for specialists. There seems to be the feeling that a PCP doesn’t have the skill base to deal with diabetes. I disagree, but with a couple of asterisks. If a PCP uses their training to the fullest, they can deal with the complexity to a point but the PCP has to know where their ‘point’ ends and the specialists begins and is needed. Unfortunately, not all PCPs are reflective in their practice and know when to refer out. Here is my list of the pros and cons for care by PCP vs Endocrinologist.
Pros and cons of primary care physician vs. an endocrinologist
Primary Care Physician vs. Endocrinologist
Primary Care Physician
Primary care physicians and endocrinologists can be valuable for diabetes management
As you can see, very much like diabetes, the care we receive and value can be very individual. Some of us will be happy with the care of our PCP, others will be happy with the care of an endocrinologist. For me, I only gave up my PCP when he told me he had taken my care as far as he could with the knowledge he had; it was time for a specialist. And interestingly, I returned to my PCP and taught both he and his Nurse Practitioner about Trulicity injections. PCPs aren’t supposed to know everything about one thing, that’s why they are generalists but many know more than we give them credit for.
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