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. Through this project, data from each of the Program’s respective disease registries and the province’s administrative databases were linked.
We described the true burden of Nova Scotia adults living with one, two, or all three of these chronic conditions, helping to answer the question: Who do we need to deliver services to? Of the near 80,000 adults present in one or more of the Registries, 11% were present in at least two Registries and less than 1 per cent were present in all three Registries. This type of information is necessary for Provincial Programs to support the Health Authority in the development of responsible and responsive 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.