The BETTER Approach

The Building on Existing Tools To Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care (BETTER) approach to chronic disease prevention and screening is to develop and implement an individualized, integrated, comprehensive, multi-faceted intervention building on evidence-based tools, resources and strategies that currently exist in primary care.

The BETTER approach focuses on prevention and screening of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their associated lifestyle factors (diet/nutrition, physical activity, smoking, alcohol), where the main strategy used in this approach is internal practice facilitation.  The following pages provide insight as to the development and facets of the BETTER approach.

The results from the BETTER randomized controlled trial are highlighted below in one of Dr. Michael Evan's whiteboard health videos, which describes the importance of primary care and how an approach such as BETTER's can improve patient outcomes (see 3:08 in the video).  Dr. Michael Evans is a a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.  You can learn more about Dr. Evans here.



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