Title

Prevention Building on routine clinical practice

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computing, Health and Science

RAS ID

4124

Comments

Originally published as: Sim, M. G., & Khong, E. (2006). Prevention: Building on routine clinical practice. Australian family physician, 35(1-2), 12. Original available here

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The role of general practice in preventing disease and promoting health is strongly supported by research and health policies. OBJECTIVE: This article examines the role of general practitioners in illness prevention and health promotion activities. DISCUSSION: Despite time and other barriers, such as competing priorities, to the implementation of preventive activities, prevention is part of routine general practice. In providing care for the whole person over a long period of time prevention and treatment are not separate entities and the line between these are necessarily blurred. From a pragmatic point of view, if a practice is to increase its activity in prevention there needs to be a driver that makes this happen and strategies to suit the structure of the individual practice. Introducing small interventions and making use of the practice team is a good place to start in a range of health promotion activities including opportunistic education, brief interventions for patients with disease risk factors, and specific interventions for a known disease. (author abstract)