The preventive clinical practices file involves planning, implementing and evaluating the integration of preventive practices into first line services.
Why this program?
One of the goals of the National Public Health Program (NPHP) is to strengthen prevention within the network. This implies implementing preventive actions at individual and collective levels. The Program identifies five intervention strategies which are most likely to make a difference. The first four of these are: reinforcing the potential of individuals; supporting community development; participating in intersectoral activities concerning health and well-being; and supporting vulnerable groups. The fifth strategy involves encouraging the use of efficient preventive clinical practices.
Preventive interventions which have demonstrated their efficiency are:
- Chemoprophylaxis , which is preventing disease by means of chemical agents, drugs or food nutrients
Short description of program
The program has three objectives:
1. To promote counselling, screening, chemoprophylaxis and immunisation within front line services.
2. To promote training in support of the above.
3. To evaluate the implementation of the above and, in collaboration with the surveillance team, to assess effectiveness over time.
A few examples of clinical preventive practices which are promoted through the NPHP are encouraging pregnant women to take folic acid; counseling pregnant women to avoid tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs; counseling pregnancy women to encourage breastfeeding; vaccinating infants, children and adult; and screening for breast and uterine cancer.
The program targets health care workers delivering front-line services so that they in turn will be better able to provide effective clinical support to patients.
Who delivers the program?
Clinical preventive practices are delivered by front-line health workers in each of the clinics. The Clinical Preventive Practices Program is organised within the Public Health Department through the SERC Team. A medical advisor is responsible for organising the file although various public health programs – such as Maternal and Infant Health Program or the clinical management of diabetes – are responsible for planning specific practices.
The Program is part of the SERC Team’s mandate which also includes responsibility for public health surveillance, research, evaluation, public health communications, and public health competencies development.
Enquiries about the program should be directed to:
203B Mistissini Blvd
418-923-3355 ext 42384