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Health Promoting Practices is currently being piloted in five dental and five physiotherapy practices. We are enrolling patients from these clinics to help us evaluate the success of the Health Promoting Practices framework by asking them to complete a survey when they are first introduced to the Project, and again six months later.

The survey data will help us to learn whether or not patients were interested in talking about healthy lifestyles with their health professionals and whether or not these discussions helped patients to seek further information and make healthy lifestyle changes.

We are also surveying dentists and physiotherapists to determine their level of knowledge in the four key health areas of healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol consumption and tobacco use and their experiences in discussing these with their patients.