Screening & Prevention
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) in partnership with Boston Medical Centre, developed an innovative patient-driven, electronic, evidence-based, preconception health (PCH) risk assessment tool, My Health eSnapshot (MHeS). This 2016 research study examined whether the use of MHeS, during primary care visits, increased PCH knowledge and behaviour change among women of reproductive age.
Patients completed MHeS on a tablet during their physician/primary care provider (PCP) visit. Results were automatically integrated into the patient's EMR. The physician/PCP discussed the results with their patient and provided a customized handout. To evaluate impact, WDGPH collected data from patients (risk- assessment and follow-up surveys) and physicians/PCPs (interviews).
A total of 300 patients completed the risk assessment tool, 188 completed a one-week, and 144 completed a two-month follow-up survey. Preliminary research findings support the use of MHeS during primary care visits. Most patients reported that completing MHeS prior to their appointment made it easier to have a conversation with their physician/PCP, and were motivated to make positive changes to their health. All physicians/PCPs interviewed also indicated an interest in future implementation of MHeS. Based on the findings, improvements will be made to MHeS and the delivery model for further implementation, research and evaluation. Overall, by providing PCH care in innovative and generationally relevant ways, reproductive, maternal and childbirth outcomes can be improved.
Medical Officer of Health and CEO, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Dr. Nicola Mercer was appointed the Medical Officer and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in 2007. With 15 years of direct patient care, Dr. Mercer also served as the chief of anesthesiology at Guelph General Hospital. Dr. Mercer is a member of the Public Health Expert Panel advising the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on improving public health’s capacity within an integrated health system. She also is a member of the Cardiac Care Council of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and a member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee Tuberculosis Working Group.
Thursday, November 23
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