Preventive Activities in General Practice

A common dilemma in the evaluation of patients prior to planned procedures is opportunistic preventative health activities.  Smoking cessation is appropriate:- it can reduce perioperative complications, and the patient may be in a ‘teachable moment’ to change health behaviours.

Other preventative activities may also be considered.  The RACGP ‘Redbook’ (officially known as Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice) provides a useful reference on what is medically appropriate.  Whether it is appropriate in a particular setting (such as a preoperative clinic) is a local decision…

The Redbook may be found at:-

Click to access redbook8.pdf

Discussion Notes