Health Promotion and Ill-health prevention: the role of General Practice

Peckham, S. and Hann, A. and Boyce, T. (2011) Health Promotion and Ill-health prevention: the role of General Practice. Quality in Primary Care, 19 (5). pp. 317-323. ISSN 1479-1072. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Background This paper reports on research undertaken for the King’s Fund inquiry into quality in general practice and examines the health promotion role of the general practitioner. Methods Literature review of health promotion in general practice focusing on smoking cessation, childhood immunisation, coronary heart disease (CHD) and obesity. In addition the paper draws on interviews with practice and public health staff. Results General practitioners (GPs) and their practice teams have a crucial role in promoting health and preventing disease. Consultations provide an ideal opportunity for preventing illness and disease but general practice focuses primarily on secondary prevention. Many GPs state they lack the skills needed to deliver effective health promotion. Conclusions Issues, such as GP commissioning, provide a new set of challenges for public health and ill-health prevention. The evidence base is growing but general practice, public health and academics need to work together to improve this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: general practice, health promotion, public health
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R729 Types of medical practice > R729.5.G4 General practice
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 14:57
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2013 10:41
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29791 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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