Recognized as a leading practice by Accreditation Canada,8, 9 the Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization Program (PATH) optimizes decision-making and resource utilization across the healthcare continuum.

The program uses a standardized approach to help health professionals, patients, and families consider frailty when making treatment decisions through a 3-step process that consists of

  1. assembling the story of frailty by synergizing efforts across different health care disciplines
  2. communicating information about frailty to other health providers, patients and families
  3. empowering all stakeholders to make decisions based on consideration of frailty prognosis and aimed at preservation of quality of life.

Use of the PATH process improves appropriateness of care, with one study demonstrating that its application resulted in a 75% reduction in the demand for interventional treatments for the significantly frail.

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The Diabetes Care Program


Implemented in 1991, the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia (DCPNS) is one of 8 provincial programs funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. In pursuit of its aim of improving the care of persons with or at risk of developing diabetes, 27 the DCPNS advises the Department of Health and Wellness on service delivery models; establishes, promotes, and monitors adherence to diabetes guidelines; provides support and resources to health care providers; and collects, analyzes, and disseminates diabetes-related information for and throughout Nova Scotia.

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Dalhousie Academic Detailing Service


The Dalhousie Academic Detailing Service works with the Capital Health Drug Evaluation Unit to research and develop evidence-based educational messages about the treatment of common medical conditions. The messages are then disseminated to family physicians and other health professionals throughout Nova Scotia through one-on-one or small-group sessions. The program operates through the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Dalhousie University.16, 17 The service is funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, which does not influence content.

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