Impact of risk intervention

We now know about 60% of all patients presenting to primary care have a lifestyle or environmentally related problem requiring significant changes to behaviours such as diet and exercise for effective long-term management.

But realistically, how easy is it to prompt these changes at the clinical level? And how much time is needed in a consultation to cope with the rising tsunami of chronic disease? Surely, where a pharmacological solution — even of the palliative form — is available it would be more time-effective for a clinician to prescribe this.