147451 - AJGP Clinical Challenge December 2018: Prevention
- : Online
Relevance to General Practice
General practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to deliver preventive healthcare, ranging from the prevention and early detection of diseases to the maintenance of good health. Specific demographics often lend themselves to targeted preventive strategies: for example, studies have shown that patients with severe mental illnesses are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, while children and older patients are vulnerable to heat-related disease. A particular focus in the Australian landscape is the prevention of alcohol-related harms in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Adolescents are susceptible to risk-taking behaviour and are likely to obtain lifelong benefits from preventive measures that minimise dangerous behaviours and the formation of unhealthy habits. Although this is far from an exhaustive list, it is important for GPs to be attuned to opportunities for the implementation of preventive care.
References on file.
- Describe potential strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Discuss the benefits and harms associated with cancer chemoprevention in primary care
- Identify ways to minimise the risk of heat-related disease in vulnerable populations
- Outline evidence-based interventions for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illnesses
- List and describe common manifestations of risk-taking behaviour in adolescents