Organising prevention

Murray, R.B. (2008) Organising prevention. In: Couzos, Sophia, and Murray, Richard, (eds.) Aboriginal Primary Health Care: an evidence-based approach. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 114-130.

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[Extract] A major challenge for the primary health care (primary health care) sector is to implement preventive population health strategies in service delivery settings that are characterised by underresourcing and a high level of curative demand. The provision of comprehensive primary health care is made efficient by information management systems that prompt health workers to offer preventive interventions when patients present at the clinic ('opportunistic' care). 'Active recall' strategies can then be reserved for a smaller number of patients whose health care needs justify the effort involved. Organising opportunistic care and targeting active recall activities are prime tasks for patient information management systems in the primary health care setting. Health services should develop a critical appreciatlon of the various applications of information technology in primary care as well as the uses and demands for health data. A shift to a model of health service delivery emphasising opportunistic care has substantial implications for the character and function of an established primary health care service. Use of information management and information technology to support comprehensive primary health care requires careful planning.

Item ID: 7306
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-555138-9
Keywords: aboriginal health care; aboriginal primary health care
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Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 01:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 100%
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