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Putting Prevention into Practice: The Community's Role

Tom Reynolds
Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(4_Part_1):336. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-130-4-199902160-00011
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Despite abundant evidence for both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services, most remain grossly underused and represent a missed opportunity to reduce morbidity and mortality from preventable diseases. Effective delivery of preventive care relies heavily on a team effort, with health care providers and the delivery system, the community, and the patient all playing crucial roles. There are many reasons preventive services are underused. For one, physician practices are so busy treating illness that prevention frequently takes a back seat unless systems are in place to call attention to patient needs (see the 15 October 1998 Currents section).





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