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Research Article

Promoting prevention in primary care: controlled trial of low technology, low cost approach.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 25 April 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:1080
  1. E Fullard,
  2. G Fowler,
  3. M Gray


    A study is described in which three general practices were provided with low cost, low technology support from a "facilitator" and were compared with control practices in the ascertainment of major risk factors for cardiovascular disease in middle aged patients. Patients who were attending for a consultation with their general practitioners were recruited to make an appointment with a practice nurse for a health check, and this was compared with ordinary consultations in the control practices. Practices were helped by the facilitator to develop the nurse's role. During the study the increase between intervention and control practices in blood pressure recording was doubled and in the recording of smoking habit it was quadrupled, and there was a fivefold increase in the recording of weight. This model can be applied to other aspects of prevention and general practice care.