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Med J Aust. 2005 Jul 18;183(2):104-5.

Is prevention unbalancing general practice?

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CT Lamont Centre, Elisabeth Research Institute, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa K1N5C8, Canada. grussell@scohs.on.ca

Abstract

Australia has begun to encourage and financially reward general practitioners for implementing preventive activities. While an expanding preventive agenda for general practice remains attractive, there is a real potential for opportunity costs, especially in the absence of realistic practice-based support for preventive care. These costs may include a shift from the needs of individual patients to those of the community. It is crucial not to neglect the concept of relationship-centred primary care (which may actually enhance preventive activities), as well as enhancing the preventive environment of the practice, when considering strategies to improve preventive uptake.

PMID:
16022627
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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