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October 16, 1972

Preventive Medicine by Risk Factor Analysis

JAMA. 1972;222(3):312-316. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210030034008

The operational procedures of a preventive medicine clinic have been structured so as to provide selective testing for specific diseases according to a patient's individual risk factors. Diseases included in this program met arbitrarily defined criteria regarding incidence and mortality, benefit of early diagnosis, and availability of satisfactory diagnostic procedures. For each of the diseases which met these criteria, a data reference set was prepared which defined early diagnosis and presented risk factors. Advice rules for the selection of appropriate tests, medical surveillance, and counseling were prepared as procedural logic trees for each disease. The medical record was prepared in a one-page format which lends itself to problem identification, trend analysis, and patient counseling.