Assessing opportunities for prevention activities
The readiness of patients to engage in prevention activities is vital for the success of prevention interventions.145
Opportunity for prevention is influenced by:
- whether patients regularly attend the practice (infrequent attendees get less preventive care)146
- whether it is known that the patient needs a prevention activity
- time to assess the need and interest; time to provide prevention
- patient interest in and response to intervention
- availability of other health professionals in the practice who are interested and competent to assist and have the time to do so.