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Health Promotion and ill-health prevention: the role of general practice

Alison Hann, stephen Peckham, Tammy Boyce

quality in Primary Care, Volume: 19, Issue: 5, Pages: 317 - 323

Swansea University Author: Alison Hann

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<p>this paper reports on research undertaken for the Kings 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 focussing on smoking cessation, childhood immunisation...

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Published in: quality in Primary Care
ISSN: 1479-1072
Published: radcliffe publishing 2011
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa6971
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Abstract: <p>this paper reports on research undertaken for the Kings 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 focussing 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 to play in promoting health and preventing disease. Consultations provide an ideal opportunity for preventing illness and disease but general practice focuses on secondary prevention. Many GPs state that 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.</p>
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 5
Start Page: 317
End Page: 323