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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)


The 'stages of change' model applies to both GPs and practice staff in considering the introduction of specific preventive strategies. Have you been thinking about a preventive care strategy such as establishing a recall system, or prompting all patients with a question about their smoking status? Have your practice staff expressed concern or interest in running a mini-clinic or working more closely with a community service?

Using a planning process will help you determine what processes are most likely to be successful for your state of readiness (see Part 1). To increase patient receptivity consider re-assessing your motivational interviewing skills and the tools that will support patient adherence.