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Soz Praventivmed. 1996;41(4):224-30.

Family practitioners' intervention against smoking in Germany and the UK: does remuneration affect preventive activity?

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Department of General Practice (Allgemeinmedizin), University of Marburg.


The effect of different systems of remuneration on preventive activity of family practitioners (FPs) were studied. Interventions against smoking were compared in FPs' practices in Germany and the UK. Almost 800 consecutively attending patients were included in a cross-sectional survey. Smoking prevalence was remarkably similar among German and British practice attenders. Slightly more than 50% of smokers in both countries remembered an intervention against their smoking by their FP or related staff. Multiple logistic regression analysis also showed that there was no significant difference for remembered interventions between the two countries (adjusted OR 1.15 [95%-Cl 0.6, 2.2]). The structure of interventions employed was similar in both countries. Most British and German ex-smokers denied that their FP had made an important contribution to their giving up smoking. There is evidence that, under capitation, FPs concentrate their activities on patients who are more at risk. Overall, however, the economic structure does not seem to influence the core of preventive behaviour of FPs to any great extent. Smoking cessation efforts in Family Practice need to be improved in both countries.

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