Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 17(3) October 2014 : 48-54.doi:10.12927/hcq.2014.24020
New Models Of Care

A Novel Community-Based Model to Enhance Health Promotion, Risk Factor Management and Chronic Disease Prevention

Shannon Ryan Carson, Caroline Carr, Graeme Kohler, Lynn Edwards, Rick Gibson and Tara Sampalli

Abstract

Chronic disease is a highly expensive but preventable problem to the healthcare system. Evidence suggests that impacting modifiable behaviours and risk management factors in the areas of physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, stress and obesity can alleviate the burden of chronic disease problem to a large extent. Despite this recognition, the challenge is embedding these recognized priorities into the community and in primary care in a sustainable and meaningful manner. Primary Health Care in Capital Health responded to this challenge by developing and implementing a free, interprofessional and community-based service, namely, the Community Health Teams (CHTs), that offers health and wellness, risk factor management, wellness navigation and behaviour-based programming. In this paper, the development and implementation of the CHTs are discussed. Preliminary outcomes for the model are significant and promising. Formal and large-scale studies are planned to validate these outcomes with additional research rigour.

 

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