Research Article

List size, screening methods, and other characteristics of practices in relation to preventive care.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 291 doi: (Published 28 September 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;291:869
  1. D M Fleming,
  2. M S Lawrence,
  3. K W Cross


    Twenty eight practices carried out a review of patient records for information about preventive procedures on two occasions in 1980 and 1982. We have now undertaken a survey of certain characteristics of the practices in an attempt to demonstrate features associated with effective preventive care. Significant favourable factors are a small list size, the setting up of a formal screening programme for cervical cytology and measuring blood pressure, and few registered patients in social classes IV and V. More successful practices also tend to be training practices, have principals with higher qualifications, and have developed good records organization. Opportunistic screening for cervical cytology and measuring blood pressure was not shown to be more effective than no policy of screening at all.