Term: Tertiary Prevention

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


The aim of tertiary prevention is to identify and alleviate established disease, in order to improve or maintain functional status. The rationale depends on the ability to prevent disability and handicap, but not necessarily the impairment itself, which may not be amenable to a specific treatment.

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  • Lix L, Finlayson G, Yogendran M, Bond R, Bodnarchuk J, Soodeen R. Primary Prevention: An Examination of Data Capabilities in Manitoba (January 2005). Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2005. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)