Nurses take active role in prevention

PRACTICE nurses have a key role in developing prevention measures as a fundamental part of general practice – but the community needs to be aware of it.

Australian researchers found community members were generally unaware of the role of the practice nurse, but did support the idea of nurses providing preventive healthcare.

The study participants rated general practice poor at delivering prevention, and most had a lack of knowledge of how preventive care fitted into general practice.

Lead researcher Professor Danielle Mazza, of Monash University’s Department of General Practice, said the research showed that knowing a patient’s family history and background was important in providing preventive healthcare in general practice. 

“The government needs to pay a lot of attention to educating patients about how to engage with GPs around prevention, and to educate GPs about how to present prevention in their practice