Clip and Copy: Helping patients stay healthy

How to make preventive care a centerpiece of your practice.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, MD, an arm of HHS, only 5 percent of the $1.4 trillion spent on healthcare in the United States goes toward preventive health measures and the promotion of general health. To help improve those numbers, distribute these handouts to your patients [(PDF)]. The AHRQ developed them based on recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Besides boosting your patients' physical and mental health, the handouts can improve your practice's financial well-being by prompting patients to make periodic appointments with you.

You also can add the guidelines to your practice newsletter, handbook, or Web site. Go to for information about the AHRQ's Put Prevention Into Practice program. For copies of "A Step-by-Step Guide to Delivering Clinical Preventive Services: A Systems Approach," contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse (800-358-9295). Or you can view the publication on the Internet at