Table 2

Patient eligibility criteria for BPGs and participating program units


Patient Eligibility Criteria

Participating Program Units


Patients who present to the participating units with a primary or secondary diagnosis of asthma

Emergency, in-patient and medical units


Postpartum women and their infants with a singleton birth, gestational age of 37 or more weeks, hospital length of stay for mother and infant 24 hours or more after birth, infant not delivered by a midwife. Additional infant criteria included: no major congenital anomalies, no galactasemia. Additional postpartum women criteria included: no documented use of street drugs, no major psychiatric illness, baby not up for adoption.

Labour and delivery, postpartum, neonatal intensive care, and public health unit


Clients admitted to participating units, age 65 years and older.

Surgical, medical and rehabilitation units

Smoking Cessation

Clients age 18 years and older admitted to participating unit. For outpatients, admission to out-patient services within the past month and currently attending the clinic.

In-patient and out-patient long-term mental health, in-patient unit for drug and alcohol addition, in-patient unit for acute psychiatric disorders, resource unit for nicotine dependency

Venous Leg Ulcers

All clients with new and recurrent venous leg ulcers. Patients with primary lymphedema, vasculitis, and under diabetic management excluded.

Chronic care unit, wound care clinic, and community care agency


Adults age 18 and over with a diagnosis of diabetes admitted to one of the participating units. Women with gestational diabetes excluded.

Oncology, medical and diabetes care and education centre and community care agency

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