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General practice

General internal medicine is the medical discipline that involves the prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment of most adult health problems either in a hospital or family medical practice. This medical specialism delivers comprehensive, personalised care to patients in a hospital or community setting, from emergency care through to long-term follow-up and rehabilitation, for medical conditions and diseases that may be simple or complex, common or rare.

As a result, the inpatient and outpatient fields within this discipline work closely together and complement each other. General internal medicine provides primary medical care in a hospital or family medical practice and plays a key role in the public health system by restoring and improving the health and well-being of patients and the community. It also forms the basis of a wide range of other specialisms.