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Lifestyle risk factors in general practice: Routine assessment and management

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background

    Evidence based guidelines recommend

    that adults be assessed for modifiable

    lifestyle risk factors: smoking, nutrition,

    alcohol and physical activity (SNAP)

    regularly. This article discusses the routine

    practices of GPs regarding assessment

    and management of these risk factors.

    Method

    General practitioners participating in two

    randomised controlled trials completed

    questionnaires about their assessment

    and management of SNAP risk factors.

    Results

    Over half of the GPs usually assessed

    smoking and alcohol, and assessed a

    patient’s readiness to change before

    offering advice. Diet and activity were

    assessed less frequently, with only 22%

    usually assessing diet and 28% usually

    assessing activity. Referral rates were

    low, with less than 10% of GPs reporting

    that they usually referred patients to

    programs. Less than 20% of GPs reported

    having difficulty referring to programs.

    Discussion

    Chronic disease risk factors are common

    in the Australian population, and GPs are

    ideally placed to offer assessment, advice

    and referral to services and programs.

    Recent changes to Medicare rebates

    for prevention activity may encourage a

    greater focus on prevention.

UOW Authors


  •   Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Fanaian, Mahnaz (external author)
  •   Wan, Qing (external author)
  •   Vagholkar, Sanjyot (external author)
  •   Schutze, Heike
  •   Harris, Mark Fort. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Denney-Wilson, E., Fanaian, M., Wan, Q., Vagholkar, S., Schutze, H. & Harris, M. (2010). Lifestyle risk factors in general practice: Routine assessment and management. Australian Family Physician, 39 (12), 950-953.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2584

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 950

End Page


  • 953

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 12

Abstract


  • Background

    Evidence based guidelines recommend

    that adults be assessed for modifiable

    lifestyle risk factors: smoking, nutrition,

    alcohol and physical activity (SNAP)

    regularly. This article discusses the routine

    practices of GPs regarding assessment

    and management of these risk factors.

    Method

    General practitioners participating in two

    randomised controlled trials completed

    questionnaires about their assessment

    and management of SNAP risk factors.

    Results

    Over half of the GPs usually assessed

    smoking and alcohol, and assessed a

    patient’s readiness to change before

    offering advice. Diet and activity were

    assessed less frequently, with only 22%

    usually assessing diet and 28% usually

    assessing activity. Referral rates were

    low, with less than 10% of GPs reporting

    that they usually referred patients to

    programs. Less than 20% of GPs reported

    having difficulty referring to programs.

    Discussion

    Chronic disease risk factors are common

    in the Australian population, and GPs are

    ideally placed to offer assessment, advice

    and referral to services and programs.

    Recent changes to Medicare rebates

    for prevention activity may encourage a

    greater focus on prevention.

UOW Authors


  •   Denney-Wilson, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Fanaian, Mahnaz (external author)
  •   Wan, Qing (external author)
  •   Vagholkar, Sanjyot (external author)
  •   Schutze, Heike
  •   Harris, Mark Fort. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Denney-Wilson, E., Fanaian, M., Wan, Q., Vagholkar, S., Schutze, H. & Harris, M. (2010). Lifestyle risk factors in general practice: Routine assessment and management. Australian Family Physician, 39 (12), 950-953.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2584

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 950

End Page


  • 953

Volume


  • 39

Issue


  • 12