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April 12, 1995

Put Prevention Into Practice Education and Action Kit

Author Affiliations

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Baltimore, Md


includes Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services; 5 of each Health Guide (Personal Health Guide, clinician version [adult], Personal Health Guide, doctor version [adult], and Child Health Guide, all about 35 pp, pocket-sized, with illus); Rx for Prevention prescription pad; Preventive Services Needed pad of Post-it notes; chart stickers for blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, and 12 other preventive care needs; child and adult reminder postcards; posters ("We Put Prevention Into Practice," "Adult Preventive Care Timeline," "Child Preventive Care Timeline"); and flow sheets (adult preventive care, child preventive care, and child immunization); $57, Stock No. 017-001-00492-8, Washington, DC, US Public Health Service, 1994; available from Superintendent of Documents, US Government Printing Office, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, or 1-202-783-3238; or at US Government Bookstores.

JAMA. 1995;273(14):1153-1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520380089043

The Put Prevention Into Practice Education and Action Kit includes the Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services and the various materials noted above, including prescription pads, Post-it notes, posters, chart stickers, and flow sheets. The kit was developed for the US Public Health Service's "Put Prevention Into Practice" campaign, with the specific intention of improving the delivery of preventive care by primary care physicians.

Given a decade of public interest in healthy living and prevention, what are the barriers to the implementation of preventive practices in the primary care physician's office? Most physicians would say that the greatest barrier is time, since patients usually arrive at the office with issues of acute or chronic illness. Another important barrier is knowledge of which interventions are indicated for individual patients. The last comprehensive compendium of preventive practices, the US Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF] Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, was published in 1989.

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