BETTER séminaire mainpro: Finding a BETTER way to Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening

The BETTER Program is currently accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada as a Maintenance of Proficiency (MainPro) program. Participants can claim up to 3 MainPro-C credits for participating in a 3-hour workshop and completing a post-session self-reflective exercise, however, sessions can be tailored to accommodate different time constraints.

Additional information on MainPro accreditation can be found here

Whenever possible, primary care professionals from diverse backgrounds, family medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc. are encouraged to participate in the sessions as participants can learn from one another through sharing of differing perspectives and experiences.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of the BETTER approach to chronic disease prevention and screening and how it can be adapted.
  2. Decide how to approach and improve prevention and screening in your practice, including how you will target at-risk patients.
  3. Learn about outcome measures that can be used to monitor and evaluate prevention and screening activities in your practice.

Session Description

Primary care is the ideal setting for Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening (CDPS); however, evidence-based approaches are inconsistently applied and family physicians lack the time to adequately address CDPS. The Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care (BETTER) Trial demonstrated that training a clinician to become a Prevention Practitioner, an individual within the family practice setting who develops specialized skills in CDPS, significantly improved prevention and screening in patients aged 40-65 as measured by a summary quality index.  The BETTER approach: 1) is tailored to the patient and the practice, 2) addresses multiple conditions (cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and associated lifestyle factors), 3) is integrated with local, regional and national resources, and 4) is longitudinal assessing patients over time. Through group discussions, participants will explore how they can adapt this new and effective approach to their primary care settings and create their own “Practice Prescription” – a tailored action plan to help facilitate their ongoing CDPS efforts.  The resources and tools that have been developed to support this approach will also be shared.

For more information about upcoming sessions or if you are interested in holding a BETTER MainPro-C session in your area, please contact us.



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