Organizing your practice for screening and secondary prevention among adults

Prim Care. 2014 Jun;41(2):163-83. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.02.001. Epub 2014 Apr 13.


Prevention plays an important role in achieving the triple aim of decreasing per capita health care costs, improving the health of populations, and bettering the patient experience. Primary care is uniquely positioned to provide preventive services. External forces are aligning to support the transition of primary care from traditional models focused on disease-specific, acute episodes of care to new ways of organizing that are more patient centered, team based, and quality driven. By aligning leadership, building change capacity, and selectively choosing relevant processes to change, those practicing primary care can successfully organize their practice environment to deliver preventive services.

Keywords: Practice transformation; Prevention; Primary care organization; Primary heath care.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Information Systems / organization & administration
  • Leadership
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality Improvement / organization & administration
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Vaccination / methods