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Benefits Screening Tool Project

Phase 2 (2016-2018)
Doctors at St Michael’s Hospital, the University of Toronto, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians have developed and made broadly available a paper-based, clinical poverty and benefits screening tool to allow health practitioners to help boost a patient’s income by screening for their eligibility for government benefits.
Prosper Canada, St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Clinic, Flemingdon Health Centre, and Inner City Family Health Team have partnered to enhance this solution by creating an online Benefits Screening Tool (BST). Together we will develop, implement and evaluate this online benefits screening and intervention tool which will be more effective and easier to integrate across the health-care system.  This online tool will have greater reach and would allow for the data collection necessary to properly evaluate its impact on income and health.
Phase 2 of the BST project will use the insights from Phase 1 to enhance the tool, develop additional training and follow-up supports, pilot the BST in more Toronto and Winnipeg sites, and evaluate the impact on patients. 
Funding for this project has been received from Maytree, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Research Manitoba, Bridgepoint Healthcare, and St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.
Read the Phase 1 report for the Benefits Screening Tool Project.

Learn how we used Service Design to improve the BST.