General practitioners intend to practise a holistic approach that takes into consideration the biological, psychological and social factors relevant to the care of their patients. Their duties at Karuna Hospital are not confined to specific organs of the body, and they have particular skills in treating people with multiple health issues. They are trained to treat patients of any age and sex to levels of complexity that vary between countries.
The care is focused on the treatment of acute non-life threatening diseases; the early detection and referral to specialized care of patients with serious diseases; and preventative care including health education and immunization. Also sometimes, the GP may be routinely involved in pre-hospital emergency care, community hospital care and performing low-complexity surgical procedures.