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The Cost and Cost-Effectiveness of a Plant-Based Diet

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The proportion of Canadians on a plant-based diet remains relatively low (5%). This despite the growing evidence that greater adherence to a plant-based dietary pattern is associated with reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular death and several types of cancer. Increased promotion and incentives by various levels of government may help encourage greater uptake of plant-based dietary patterns in the Canadian population. However, such initiatives compete with other demands on the government’s limited funds and resources. The return-on-investment for increasing uptake of plant-based dietary patterns through the prevention of chronic health conditions is unclear from a Canadian perspective. To clarify the value for money of interventions that improve uptake of plant-based dietary patterns, a first step would be to estimate the incremental cost of increasing the consumption of plant-based foods.

Primary objective: to estimate the change in health care costs associated with adopting and/or augmenting a more plant-based dietary pattern from the perspective of the public health care payer in Canada.
Secondary objective: to examine the cost-effectiveness of adopting or augmenting a plant-based dietary pattern (if feasible).

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I am looking for a smart, self-motivated, hard-working, creative student interested in exploring this topic with me.

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Brian Chun-Fai Chan


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HSR – Health Technology Assessment Emphasis Lead