Prevention and general practitioners in Limburg

 

Meganck, J., Vinck, J., & Nielandt, B.

Limburgs Universitair Centrum

 

 

According to the prevention policy of the Flemish government general practitioners (GPs) should play a central role in prevention and health promotion. This study attempted to identify relationships between importance GPs attach to and time they invest in prevention, and demographic variables and practice characteristics.

All GPs in Limburg were contacted at meetings of their local professional organisations and asked to fill out a written questionnaire and return it at the end of the meeting.

Results indicate that most GPs do find prevention important although this is not always reflected in the time they spend on it. The importance attached to prevention is higher for GPs working in a group practice and for GPs using a computer dossier. In turn, time spent on prevention is higher for females and for younger GPs. The social-economical hierarchy of the location of the practice influences both time and importance.

Suggestions are made on how to enhance the time GPs spend on prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

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