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Our docs settled a tricky question

The differences between urgent care and primary care aren't always obvious. Community Physician Group doctors Kirsten Rupp and Aaron Campbell break down the differences in a recent story on KSL.


“Urgent care is for when it doesn’t make sense to wait two weeks to see your doctor,” says Campbell, whose background is in primary care and sports medicine. He ticks off “low-acuity, quick-onset issues that afflict people, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, skin infections, a broken bone. It’s where you’ve jammed your finger and it needs stitches, or you’ve had a headache for 24 hours.”

In primary care, you develop a long-term relationship with your care provider.
What particularly interests Rupp is preventative medicine, be it immunizations for infectious diseases or cancer screenings. “That aspect is very appealing to me. It’s more holistic.” She also values the long-term relationships she develops with patients. “After multiple visits, you know what their hobbies are, what makes them tick. You see them as a person, not just a medical problem.”