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Publication type: Journal Article

Gérvas J, Starfield B, Heath I.
Is clinical prevention better than cure?
Lancet 2008 Dec 6; 372:(9654):1997–99


In wealthy countries, the focus of clinical care is changing from cure to prevention, to anticipate future diseases in currently healthy individuals. We review the challenges that clinicians face, such as: prevention can cause harm; predicting the benefi t of preventive activities for the
individual, as opposed to the group, can be difficult; prevention is not of equal value to everyone; and prevention is beginning to take priority over treatment. Clinicians need to be vigilant to avoid colluding with those who have vested interests in some preventive activities…


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