Clinical Prevention

  • Evan W. Kligman
  • Frank A. Hale


Clinical prevention is the connecting link between public health and primary care. Health education and health promotion counseling skills are among the most important tools in the family physician’s medical bag. A major challenge facing the family physician is how to bridge the gap between clinical prevention knowledge and practice, recognizing the impact of personal behaviors on health. The traditional biomedical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of disease is only a partial response to addressing the health care needs of patients. Americans want preventive care; according to national polls, most adults would change their doctor if they believed they were not getting appropriate clinical preventive services.1 Patient care must encompass a prospective preventive approach toward helping individuals and families assume major responsibility for their own health-related behaviors.2,3


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Family Physician Preventive Service Fecal Occult Blood Testing Preventive Service Task 
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  • Frank A. Hale

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