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Title: Attitudes toward preventive services and lifestyle : the views of primary care patients in Europe. The EUROPREVIEW patient study
Authors: Brotons, Carlos
Bulc, Mateja
Sammut, Mario R.
Sheehan, Mary
Martins, Carlos
Bjorkelund, Cecilia
Drenthen, Antonius J. M.
Duhot, Didier
Gorpelioglui, Suleyman
Jurgova, Eva
Keinanen-Kiukkanniemi, Sirkka
Kotanyi, Peter
Markou, Valia
Moral, Irene
Mortsiefer, Achim
Pas, Leo
Pichler, Ingrid
Sghedoni, Donatella
Tataradze, Revaz
Thireos, Eleftherios
Valius, Leonas
Vuchak, Jasna
Collins, Claire
Cornelis, Esther
Ciurana, Ramon
Kloppe, Pilar
Mierzecki, Artur
Nadaraia, Kakha
Godycki-Cwirko, Maciek
Keywords: Diseases Prevention -- Research -- Europe
Chronic diseases -- Europe
Preventive health services
Primary health care -- Europe
Patients -- Attitudes
Lifestyles -- Health aspects -- Europe
Medicine, Preventive
Physicians (General practice) -- Europe
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Oxford Academic
Citation: Brotons, C., Bulc, M., Sammut, M. R., Sheehan, M., da Silva Martins, C. M., Bj√∂rkelund, C.,... Godycki-Cwirko, M. (2012). Attitudes toward preventive services and lifestyle: the views of primary care patients in Europe. The EUROPREVIEW patient study. Family Practice, 29(suppl 1), i168-i176.
Abstract: Background: For preventive interventions in general practice to succeed, patients' points of view must be taken into account in addition to those of GPs. Objective: To explore patients' views and beliefs about the importance of lifestyle and preventive interventions, to assess their readiness to make changes to their lifestyle and their willingness to receive support from GPs. Methods: Cross-sectional survey conducted by EUROPREV in primary care practices in 22 European countries. Patients were consecutively selected and interviewed from September 2008 to September 2009. Results: Seven thousand nine hundred and forty-seven participants, 52.2% females. Only 30.5% of risky drinkers think they need to change, as opposed to 64% of smokers, 73.5% of patients with unhealthy eating habits and 73% with lack of physical activity. Risky drinkers reported that GPs initiated a discussion on alcohol consumption less often (42%) than on smoking (63%), eating habits (59%) or physical activity (55%). Seventy-five per cent, 66% and 63% of patients without hypertension, diabetes or hypercholesterolaemia, respectively, think blood pressure, blood sugar and serum cholesterol should be checked yearly. Women (80%) think they should be screened with the cervical smear test and 72.8% of women aged 30-49 years with mammography, yearly or every 2 years. Conclusions: A high proportion of patients attending primary care with unhealthy lifestyles (especially risky drinkers) do not perceive the need to change their habits, and about half the patients reported not having had any discussion on healthy lifestyles with their GPs. Patients overestimate their need to be screened for cardiovascular risk factors and for cancer.
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