Preventive activities during consultations in general practice: Influences on performance

Oliver Frank, John Litt, Justin Beilby

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Background: The relationship between the performance of opportunistic preventive activities in general practice consultations and characteristics of patients, general practitioners, consultations and preventive opportunities is poorly understood. Methods: We recorded the performance of 11 preventive care activities by 10 GPs in one practice and examined the associations of performance of the preventive activities and the characteristics of the patients, GPs, consultations and preventive opportunities. Results: Every patient, GP, consultation and preventive opportunity characteristic studied was independently significantly associated with the performance of at least two of the preventive activities. Discussion: These findings suggest ways of designing more effective reminders,particularly for patients least likely to receive prevention counselling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-512
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


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