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BETTER = Building on Existing Tools To Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening

Involving researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, the University of Toronto, and Durham Region Health Department


Better Health Durham LogoResearch has shown that many Ontarians do not participate in all the chronic disease prevention and screening activities (CDPS) that could keep them healthy.

Previous studies have found that a prevention practitioner, a nurse who works with health care providers and their practices, can be effective at improving the uptake of CDPS.

BETTER HEALTH: Durham is a study with the goal of adapting the BETTER intervention from a family practice setting to a community-based strategy. The BETTER intervention consists of supportive meetings between a specially trained prevention practitioner nurse (public health nurse) and individuals aged 40-64 years to review recommended CDPS. The prevention practitioner nurse will assist participants to identify goals for accomplishing CDPS activities in the next 6 months.

Promotion, recruitment of participants and delivery of the BETTER intervention will be adapted to meet the needs of the residents through community engagement strategies.

This study will occur in designated areas in Durham Region.

Funding has been provided by: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

Timeline: The timeline for this study is from February 2017 until December 2020.

For more information contact: Kawsika at 905-668-7711 ext. 3202 or the study Principal Investigator, Dr. Lawrence Paszat, BA MD MS FRCPC at


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For more information call Durham Health Connection Line
905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729