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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)

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.