Poverty puts patients at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression among other conditions. And while there are opportunities for health care providers to intervene when they recognize that a patient is living in poverty, it is not always readily apparent. As a result, the Ontario College of Family Physicians Poverty and Health Committee created a tool to help primary care providers identify and support patients experiencing poverty. This tool has recently been adapted and expanded by the Centre for Effective Practice. Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers
can be utilized over a series of visits in order to both effectively screen for poverty and effectively intervene.
Keywords: immigrants, children, women, Aboriginals, First Nations, Inuit, Metis, LGBTQ, intervention, CEP, ODSP, 211