Internal medicine or general medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists, or physicians. Internists are skilled in the management of patients who have undifferentiated or multi-system disease processes. Internists care for hospitalized and ambulatory patients and may play a major role in teaching and research.
Because internal medicine patients are often seriously ill or require complex investigations, internists do much of their work in hospitals. Internists often have sub-specialty interests in diseases affecting particular organs or organ systems.
Internal medicine is also a specialty within clinical pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
The practice of managing, preventing, treating and diagnosing all adult health conditions is termed as General Medicine. Often the first point of contact, general medicine acts as a facilitating agency to direct patients to specialists or enlists their help wherever required. Employing advanced diagnostic methods the severity and/or cause of a condition is ascertained before an individual can be referred to a specialist, if required.
General medicine practice also promotes general disease prevention methods and champions healthy living. The Department of General Medicine at Global Hospitals, Chennai offer a multi-disciplinary approach to provide a holistic and comprehensive management of diseases.
The range of diseases managed by the Department includes – general sickness to the management of chronic and complex diseases. Some of the services rendered at the Department are given as below:
- Primary care, including routine check-ups
- Emergency care
- Diabetes management
- Pain management
- Musculoskeletal services
- Mental health assessment
- Education programs
- Women’s preventive health care
Department of General Medicine plays a pivotal role in the managing and coordinating the management of cases in Vivekananda Hospital. Filled with experienced and astute physicians drawn from different backgrounds this department had grown from strength to strength. It caters to the needs of variety of patients from around the country with curative, preventive, rehabilitative and palliative care. Doctors focus on diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the body as well as internal organs such as fever, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. They have a wide exposure and knowledge of the entire body. They are also best suited to diagnose patients and guide them to appropriate specialists for further treatment.