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Putting prevention into practice (Green Book)

The benefits of prevention

For patients

  • Patients will often respond positively to even brief prevention activities and interventions, specifically cancer screening (including mammography, 11,12 faecal occult blood screening, Pap tests), immunisation,13,14 and lifestyle changes (exercise 15-17, smoking cessation, reduction in hazardous drinking and dietary change)
  • Effective preventive care enhances quality of life, reduces unnecessary morbidity and mortality and improves health outcomes.18,19

For GPs

  • Satisfaction is improved by greater clarification of what is feasible, effective and worthwhile
  • There is the potential to better manage risks and address fears of litigation20
  • Government financial initiatives and programs are available (special grants, practice manager or general practice nurse and/or other allied health professionals)
  • Patients expect their GP to provide preventive care
  • Patients value GPs taking a more holistic and comprehensive approach to care.21

For practice staff

  • Efficient approaches to prevention can enhance the role of practice staff in the delivery of care22
  • Better results may be achieved through prevention23
  • Roles and responsibilities are clearer in the provision of care24-26
  • Teamwork is encouraged.27,28



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