primary prevention


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
Related to primary prevention: Secondary prevention

prevention

 [pre-ven´shun]
the keeping of something (such as an illness or injury) from happening.
fall prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as instituting special precautions with the patient at risk for injury from falling.
pressure ulcer prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the prevention of pressure ulcers for a patient at high risk for developing them.
primary prevention the first level of health care, designed to prevent the occurrence of disease and promote health.
religious addiction prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as prevention of a self-imposed controlling religious lifestyle. See also addiction.
secondary prevention the second level of health care, based on the earliest possible identification of disease so that it can be more readily treated or managed and adverse sequelae can be prevented.
shock prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as detecting and treating a patient at risk for impending shock.
sports-injury prevention: youth in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as reducing the risk of sport-related injury in young athletes.
substance use prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the prevention of an alcoholic or drug use lifestyle. See also substance abuse.
suicide prevention in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as reducing risk of self-inflicted harm with intent to end life. See also suicide.
tertiary prevention the third phase or level of health care, concerned with promotion of independent function and prevention of further disease-related deterioration.

primary prevention

avoidance of disease.

primary prevention

Preventive medicine Any intervention which ↓ risks of a particular disease–eg, ↓ cholesterol intake to ↓ risk of ASHD, or ↓ tobacco to ↓ risk of lung CA. See Healthy lifestyle, Prevention. Cf Secondary prevention Psychiatry Measures to prevent a mental disorder–eg, nutrition, substitute parents, etc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Collecting all the cardiovascular disease recommendations for primary prevention in one document "helps clinicians access the information easily and helps patients see the big picture," said Dr.
Therefore, we can roughly postulate a cut point of nonglycemic effect of cardiovascular benefit in the ASCVD primary prevention group through the analysis of the results.
While aspirin is frequently used by millions of patients worldwide, especially for primary prevention of CVD, many patients with established CVD are not using aspirin.6 In another report,7 it was found that statin treatment was not prescribed for 41% of diabetic patients at high risk for cardiovascular events.
"We tried to put forward a framework of competencies where, if students walked through this, they will have developed the important skills of change-making, and will have an understanding of the ethical and political landscape in the primary prevention of war," said White, a study author.
Medtronic said the study results may help clinicians identify and refer primary prevention patients for ICD/CRT-D therapy, and help more patients make informed decisions about receiving a defibrillator.
In seeking to evaluate how drugs or, indeed apples, might compare in terms of primary prevention, researchers from the BHF Health Promotion Research Group designed a particular type of modelling study.
"This research adds weight to calls for the increased use of drugs for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, as well as for persevering with policies aimed at improving the nutritional quality of UK diets."
It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that primary prevention is the most effective and affordable method to prevent chronic disease, and that dietary intervention positively impacts health outcomes across the life span.
A study out of the University of Alberta, Canada, found that more than 40% of adults who have no cardiovascular disease are taking aspirin preventively, a condition called primary prevention.
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to develop an evidence-based global vision and strategy for the primary prevention of environmental and occupational cancer.
"Studies regarding the role of aspirin in preventing cardiovascular disease have focused on two areas: primary prevention and secondary prevention," says Danielle Nicolo, MD, PhD, a cardiologist at the Iris Cantor Health Center at Weill Cornell Medical College.
On January 4, 2012, the Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (ACCLPP), released the report, Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children: A Renewed Call for Primary Prevention (1).