Send to

Choose Destination
J Fam Pract. 1994 Feb;38(2):166-71.

Competing demands of primary care: a model for the delivery of clinical preventive services.

Author information

Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo 14208.


Despite a high level of support for the importance of clinical prevention, physician delivery of preventive services falls well below recommended levels. Competing demands faced by physicians during the medical encounter present a major barrier to the provision of specific preventive services to patients. These demands include acute care, patient requests, chronic illnesses, psychosocial problems, screening for asymptomatic disease, counseling for behavior change, other preventive services, and administration and management of care. This paper outlines how competing demands affect physician delivery of clinical preventive services and provides a model designed to help practicing physicians improve the delivery of preventive services. This model can be helpful in the planning of preventive interventions in primary care settings and can facilitate a better understanding of physician behavior.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center