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  • the doctor, not the patient usually initates preventative care
  • preventative care protects health prospectively: even for a chronically ill patient it protects independence
  • the doctor must be more certain that intervention is effective than when treating symptoms or established disease
  • there is an ethical obligation to have a high degree of certainty that any suggested intervention will result in more good than harm

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