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How Physicians Are Embracing Preventative Care

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2011

While individual physicians, departments and medical centers have previously implemented various programs to address patient care needs, of course, Kanter sees a difference in his staff does by, again, closing those "preventative and chronic care gaps."

Closing the "care gaps" – isn't that what every physician wants to do? Kanter agrees. In "most physician offices, they do not have complete access to all the relevant information about a patient," he says

In many instances, a primary care doctor would refer a patient to a dermatologist, but that dermatologist would not know, for instance, she needed a mammogram, Kanter says. Under the proactive encounter, "each patient contact presents an opportunity to remind the patient that she needs a mammogram," Kanter says.

"The idea is to get patients the tests and/or other preventative measures they need regardless of where they enter the Kaiser Permanente health system," Kanter adds.

Overall, patients have been receptive and have not felt the added information would be intrusive, he says. 

"Patients are particularly impressed when they visit a physician or other provider who is not their primary care physician and are offered a flu shot, or a mammogram" Kanter says. "They might expect their primary care physician to have that information, but are particularly grateful when they get reminders from receptionists and others in specialists' offices. They are impressed to see how much information their primary care doctor or specialist has at his or her fingertips."

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scott (1/6/2011 at 11:39 AM)
Preventative vs. preventive June 7, 2010 By Anne 2 Comments Preventive or preventative? Both words have the same meaning[INVALID]intended or used to prevent or hinder[INVALID]but they're not equal in status for careful users of English. Preventive is the real word[INVALID]that is, it is the original adjectival form of prevent[INVALID]but preventative is now so common that we can't help but accept it. Still, if you wish to be taken seriously in formal contexts, you might want to consider using preventive instead of preventative. Although preventative seems to be gaining ground, preventive is still far more common. In web searches, the ratio is still about 3:1 in favor of preventive.