An office system for organizing preventive services: a report by the American Cancer Society Advisory Group on Preventive Health Care Reminder Systems

Arch Fam Med. 1996 Feb;5(2):108-15. doi: 10.1001/archfami.5.2.108.


Despite increasing recognition of the importance of preventive services, such services are not provided in primary care practice as often as recommended. One of the most important reasons is the lack of a systematic, organized approach within practices. The American Cancer Society Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Preventive Health Care Reminder Systems reviewed evidence-based reports and expert opinion to summarize current knowledge about office systems for clinical preventive services. This article describes the process of developing an office system for preventive care, beginning with writing a practice policy, auditing charts for baseline performance, developing and implementing a plan for efficient delivery of preventive care, involving office staff, and monitoring progress. Strategies for dissemination of this approach to a wide range of primary care practices may involve professional medical organizations and managed care companies.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Practice Management, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Reminder Systems*
  • United States