5 Healthy People: Promoting Health and Preventing Disease

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 5, Healthy People: Promoting Health and Preventing Disease, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

GPs have a crucial role to play in promoting health and preventing disease. During the consultation there are excellent opportunities to discuss healthy living with the patients and for the early detection of illness.

To put patients at the centre of their care, GPs need to possess appropriate skills to support people to self-care, taking them through a range of approaches, in partnership, recognising that the individual should make the choices, decisions and take the actions themselves. Gaining a better understanding about inequalities in health and strategies to address inequalities in health are important aspects of training to be a GP.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Patient care: Why GPs should embrace people-powered health

Patient care: Why GPs should embrace people-powered health

Dr Catherine Zollman explains how complementary support, including mindfulness training,...

Obesity - the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking

Obesity - the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking

Most people are unaware that obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer....

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency

Around 50% of adults have low vitamin D levels. Dr Louise R Newson discusses investigation...

E-cigarettes: An unnecessary evil or a golden opportunity?

E-cigarettes: An unnecessary evil or a golden opportunity?

A new study is seeking to find out what GPs know about e-cigarettes and help to improve...

UK governments accept new alcohol guidelines

UK governments accept new alcohol guidelines

The government has accepted new stricter guidelines on alcohol consumption that were...

Consulting skills: How to advise about exercise
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Consulting skills: How to advise about exercise

Current guidelines on exercise, how to conduct a brief assessment and tips on giving...

Just one cardiovascular event prevented for every 5,000 NHS health checks

Just one cardiovascular event prevented for every 5,000 NHS health checks

The NHS health check prevents one cardiovascular event for every 5,000 checks carried...

Building relationships is the 'silver bullet' to tackle health inequalities

Building relationships is the 'silver bullet' to tackle health inequalities

Building empathy and strong relationships with patients and colleagues across the...

CSA Troubleshooting: 9 - Providing health promotion advice

CSA Troubleshooting: 9 - Providing health promotion advice

Think about all aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, says Dr MeiLing...

Alcohol misuse: new government guidelines

Alcohol misuse: new government guidelines

New government proposals for recommended limits for alcohol consumption aim to reduce...

Map charts 'hotspots' in admissions for alcohol-related liver disease

Map charts 'hotspots' in admissions for alcohol-related liver disease

Emergency hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease vary more than three-fold...

Prescribe apps to boost patients' physical activity by 22%, GPs told

Prescribe apps to boost patients' physical activity by 22%, GPs told

A smartphone app that promotes exercise can increase physical activity in patients...

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