Health promotion activities, while having the potential to prevent disease and decrease the burden of ill health, often play a minor role in the health care offered by general practitioners. There are several identified barriers to the involvement of Australian general practitioners in health promotion. These include structural barriers and barriers within the practice setting, individual practitioner and patient factors, and difficulties in evaluating the outcomes of health promotion activities. This article explores the barriers to the engagement of Australian general practice with health promotion and reviews several recent initiatives that have the potential to increase the health promotion activities of general practitioners. These initiatives act at the level of the individual practitioner, the practice, and in the community. Despite the lack of a coordinated national approach, these strategies form an important development in general practice.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Health Education and Behavior|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2001|