Improving Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening Across Canada
The BETTER Program is an evidence-based approach to chronic disease prevention and screening, focusing on cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and their associated lifestyle factors.
What is The BETTER Program™?
Developed by primary care providers for primary care settings, the BETTER Program™ focuses on prevention and screening of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and associated lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol). A health professional within the primary care setting is trained to take on the role of a Prevention Practitioner, a resource to the practice with expertise in prevention and screening.
This prevention expert works collaboratively with patients and through shared decision-making and S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-based) goal setting, develops a unique, personalized “Prevention Prescription” with each patient. This role can be undertaken by any clinician or allied health professional linked to primary care.
Our approach has been shown to improve patient chronic disease prevention and screening outcomes by 37%.Find Out More
Why choose the BETTER program?
The Canadian Preventive Task Force on Preventive Health Care identifies the BETTER Program as one of the more appropriate approaches to delivering preventive services.Read More
The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) Implementation Kit, developed for Canadian Provinces by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in collaboration with each Provincial College of Family Physicians, identifies the BETTER program as a primary care practice tool to help physicians and their teams move towards PMH principles by enhancing patient screening through evidence-based recommendations.Read More
Minister of Health and Community Services, Mr. John Haggie, announces the launch of The BETTER Program in Newfoundland and Labrador as part of his Chronic Disease Action Plan in order to address key priorities outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.Read More
Become a BETTER Prevention Practitioner™
A BETTER Prevention Practitioner™ is a healthcare professional working in, or directly linked with, primary care who, through training provided by the BETTER Prevention Practitioner Training Institute, develops enhanced skills in cancer and chronic disease prevention and screening, becoming a resource to their practice setting.
Prevention Practitioners come from many backgrounds, including nursing, dietetics, pharmacy, and kinesiology. All health care professionals with a link to primary care can be successful in this role.