A new study shows that healthcare professionals focusing on top prevention priorities can add years to life expectancy for everyone in a family.
“Patients should be prepared to engage in preventive services during office visits whenever time allows,” Dr. Michael V. Maciosek from HealthPartners Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota told Reuters Health. “They should be prepared to make a commitment to follow-up with preventive care discussions with their physician by scheduling testing as needed, filling and taking prescribed medications, or adopting healthy behaviors.”
Engaging in healthy behaviors such as encouraging patients to stop the use of tobacco products, discouraging young individuals from using tobacco, screening tests for high blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer, STD’s and encourage recommended vaccines can help people achieve a greater and longer life while reducing their costs as well. This prevention and top recommendations should be top priorities for not only the doctors and their patients but for each individual’s personal wellness and improvement overall.
Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), told Reuters Health by email, “This study reaffirms the importance that clinical prevention plays in improving the quality and length of life for patients in the U.S. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force . . . welcome(s) studies like this that highlight the importance of prevention and hope that they increase awareness among patients, clinicians, and policymakers about which preventive services are beneficial, so that patients can continue to receive the care that they need to stay healthy.”
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