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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)


While GPs generally accept the benefit and value of providing preventive care, it may be more of a challenge to persuade the practice staff.163 Barriers to greater practice staff involvement include:

  • questioning the need for change
  • additional work in an already busy schedule without any additional resources
  • insufficient time and other competing demands
  • not seen or believed to be part of their role/responsibility
  • potential medicolegal issues
  • lack of training.

It is important to identify what the practice staff view as benefits for them. From empirical studies, the benefits of having them actively involved include:

  • good evidence for both effectiveness and efficiency 164,165
  • opportunity to contribute directly to the practice goals and values
  • enhanced team work and job satisfaction.166