The role of non-physicians in rheumatic fever prevention programs



There are not enough physicians in most underdeveloped areas to do all the work needed to prevent rheumatic fever; nor is the complex training of a physician truly necessary for many of the tasks. Therefore success depends on the cooperation, effectiveness and dedication of persons other than physicians: paramedics, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, health program administrators, health educators, teachers, nurses, midwives, house health visitors, school nurses, and village health workers. Most important of all, the potential patients themselves and their parents must be reached and become involved. A physician, however, should motivate, educate, and co-ordinate the others.


Sore Throat Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease School Nurse Streptococcal Infection 
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© A. Taranta and M. Markowitz 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cabrini Medical CenterNew York Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsThe University of Connecticut School of MedicineFarmingtonUSA

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