The Role of General Practice
Health promotion in a general practice setting involves giving information and advice to patients so that they can be encouraged to stay healthy. It takes the form of immunisation programmes and efforts to prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as COPD, IHD, STIs and diabetes.
Promoting healthy lifestyles, ideally from a young age, can help in bridging the equality gap between those in society who are diasadvantaged and others. Smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption are major risk factors for many diseases.