Quaternary prevention

The quaternary prevention, concept coined by the Belgian general practitioner Marc Jamoulle, are the actions taken to identify a patient at risk of overmedicalisation, to protect them from new medical invasion, and to suggest interventions which are ethically acceptable.

Quaternary prevention is the set of health activities to mitigate or avoid the consequences of unnecessary or excessive intervention of the health system.

See also


  1. ^ Jamoulle M. Information et informatisation en médecine générale. In: Berleur J, Labet-Maris Cl, Poswick RF, Valenduc G, Van Bastelaer Ph. Les informa-g-iciens. Namur (Belgique): Presses Universitaires de Namur; 1986. p.193-209.
  2. ^ Jamoulle M. About prevention; the Quaternary prevention. UCL. 2008
  3. ^ Jamoulle M. Quaternary prevention, an answer of family doctors to overmedicalization. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 4-Feb-2015; 4:1–4.
  4. ^ Gervás J. La prevención cuaternaria. OMC. 2004;(95):8. Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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