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Joint Chronic Disease Surveillance

In 2011, three Provincial Programs - the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia (DCPNS), Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Renal Program - and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness embarked on a Joint Chronic Disease Surveillance Project to enhance chronic disease surveillance in Nova Scotia. This project allowed data from each of the Program’s respective disease registries and from the province’s administrative databases to link.

This exciting work has helped to identify and understand the true burden of those living with one, two, or all three of these chronic conditions. This type of information is necessary for Provincial Programs to support the District Health Authorities (DHAs) in the development of shared programming aimed at common risk factors with a goal of preventing the development of chronic diseases in at-risk populations and delaying/reducing complications among those whom already have a chronic disease. At the DHA level, this type of information is vital for responsible and responsive program planning and resource allocation.

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