C-CHANGE will deliver new prevention, management and treatment tools
TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Health, today announced on behalf of the
Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, an investment to support
health care providers who treat Canadians for cardiovascular disease
"The vision of this project is to give health care providers better
information and tools to improve patient care, and to support
cardiovascular disease patients with tools to help them improve their
own health," said Parliamentary Secretary Carrie. "This is another
example of an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada,
the private and not-for-profit sectors to take an integrated approach
to preventing and managing chronic diseases."
The Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guidelines Endeavour
(C-CHANGE) is a two-phase project. In phase one, eight guideline
organizations joined in 2011 to produce Canada's first harmonized CVD
prevention and management guidelines for use in primary care. Phase two
is a partnership of the federal government and the private and
not-for-profit sectors. Together they will implement C-CHANGE as a
nationally coordinated, harmonized and integrated strategy for the
prevention and treatment of CVD by addressing risks such as high blood
pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.
"The C-CHANGE initiative will help improve public health practices in
the field of cardiovascular health throughout Canada," said Dr. Peter
Liu, National Director, C-CHANGE.
"Elsevier Canada is pleased to be a partner in this initiative and to
offer our significant expertise in building web-based, education
tools," said Marc Thibodeau, Senior Vice President, Elsevier Canada.
Phase two activities include developing an online intervention program
for clinicians treating patients with CVD. The online Clinical Resource Centre will support health care providers in their efforts to use the
harmonized guideline in the practice setting. There will also be a
Patient Self-Management Tool to encourage CVD patients to implement
their own risk reduction behaviours.
The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively across
all sectors to promote programs and activities that support healthy
living, physical activity and chronic disease prevention. For more
information on physical activity, please visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/index-eng.php
PUBLIC - PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR HEALTHIER LIVING
Promoting better cardiovascular health for Canadians
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating and regular
physical activity, plays an important role in the health of Canadians
who live with cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The Government of Canada is advancing innovative partnerships, which
include the private sector and health care providers, to give Canadians
living with CVD information and tools to manage their health and
prevent other related chronic diseases. This is being accomplished
through the Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized National Guidelines
Endeavour (C-CHANGE) project, in collaboration with Elsevier Canada and
the University Health Network (UHN).
C-CHANGE is a national project and will benefit clinicians and their CVD
patients across Canada. The goals of C-CHANGE are to:
Implement the harmonized clinical practice guidelines (harmonization of
guidelines were completed in phase one in 2011) to prevent and manage
cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Improve the heart health of Canadians by providing the primary health
care community with a comprehensive approach to CVD that addresses
risks such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and
Provide the health care community with tools to apply the harmonized
guidelines in the practice setting, and CVD patients with a
self-management tool to implement their own risk reduction behaviours.
The Public Health Agency of Canada will invest $154,000 in C-CHANGE to
the end of 2014. Elsevier Canada will provide $162,000, in addition to
$50,000 per year to cover the costs of web hosting and supplementary
content and resource updates. The UHN has provided the expertise to
harmonize the clinical practice recommendations for CVD.
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SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information:
Public Health Agency of Canada
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health