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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)

How to use the guide

These guidelines are intended for use by general practitioners, general practice nurses and other practice staff, and divisions of general practice. The guidelines contain examples of how introduced concepts have been applied to everyday practice and a series of activities that allow reflection on how key strategies can be introduced into your practice. The guidelines are broken down into three parts.

Part 1 – Prevention in general practice

This describes general practice prevention and outlines the rationale for the increasing attention given to prevention in health management and the vital role played by general practice. It outlines an approach to planning for prevention in general practice and introduces a quality improvement model for planning successful preventive programs.

Part 2 – A framework for prevention in general practice

This outlines a prevention framework that draws together the implementation processes and strategies described in the literature and from day-to-day practice. Core elements of the prevention framework are: principles, receptivity, ability, coordination, targeting, iterative cycles, collaboration, effectiveness and efficiency – PRACTICE.

Part 3 – Applying the framework: strategies, activities and resources

This describes how the PRACTICE acronym can be applied to build systematic, evidence based preventive approaches within the consultation, practice, community and health system levels. These sections offer examples of good prevention practice and a range of effective tools and systems that can be used in day-to-day practice.