British and Polish general practitioners' opinions on the importance of preventive medicine
Gowin, E., Pawlikowska, T., Horst-Sikorska, W. and Michalak, M.. (2011) British and Polish general practitioners' opinions on the importance of preventive medicine. Health Promotion International, Vol.26 (No.2). pp. 171-176. ISSN 0957-4824Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daq047
The delivery of preventive services in GPs' surgeries falls below recommended levels. Different attempts are performed to change the situation. The introduction in the UK in 2004 of a new GP contract based on a QOF fundamentally changed the way that primary practitioners are paid. Success of this intervention caused international interest in using financial incentives as a method of improving general practice. Polish primary care is still under development. In contemplating reform and the possible introduction of some of these British solutions in Poland, it would be valuable to compare what British and Polish GPs' think about prevention and see how their opinions can be affected by context in which they work. The aim of the survey involving 65 British and 65 Polish GPs was to compare what are their views of health promotion. The questionnaire solicited information on doctors' demographic characteristics, attitudes toward prevention, time they think they spend on preventive procedures and perceptions of the importance of 13 selected preventive procedures. Most British and Polish GPs answered that prevention is very important and they spend 10-30% of each consultation on it. Almost all doctors rated blood pressure measurement as important. For British GPs BMI, blood glucose, lipid profile, antialcohol and anti-smoking advice were important, in contrast to Polish doctors. In the presence of clear clinical guidelines, age and gender do not affect doctors' opinion on the importance of preventive procedures. Procedures in which GPs are directly involved are more important for them.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Health promotion, Primary health care, Physicians (General practice) -- Great Britain, Physicians (General practice) -- Poland, Medicine, Preventive|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Health Promotion International|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 171-176|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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