We can do BETTER – Building on Existing Tools to Improve Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care Mainpro+ Workshop

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+ 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. Identify how to enhance the quality of care in your practice by integrating the best evidence for prevention and screening.
  2. Identify how to incorporate prevention and health promotion in a clinical encounter in your practice.
  3. Recognize how to engage patients and health professionals in shared decision-making to develop a plan of care (prevention prescription).
  4. Identify how you can apply an intervention in your practice to improve prevention and screening.
  5. Recognize how to work with others to assess, plan, provide, and integrate prevention and screening care for individual patients.
  6. Identify how you could evaluate prevention and screening outcomes.

Session Description

The BETTER trial and subsequent studies have demonstrated that training a clinician to become a Prevention Practitioner, an individual within the primary care setting who develops specialized skills in cancer and chronic disease prevention and screening, significantly improved prevention and screening in patients 40-65 years of age as measured by a composite outcome. The BETTER approach: 1) is personalized to the patient and the practice; 2) addresses multiple conditions, including 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 novel, effective approach to their settings. The resources and tools developed to support this approach will be shared.

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