The role of non-physicians in rheumatic fever prevention programs
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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.
KeywordsSore Throat Rheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease School Nurse Streptococcal Infection
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