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How to talk about your wishes when you have COVID-19

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Patient Education

Source:

Academic Blog of Dr. Amy Tran

Looking for a reference that patients can use for planning around a COVID-19 infection?

 

This physician created resource focuses on how patients can talk to their loved ones around their wishes when becoming sick with COVID-19. It covers topics such as identifying a decision-maker and writing down wishes and goals and can be provided to patients who are worried about becoming sick with COVID-19 and unsure about what to discuss with their loved ones.

Tags: COVID-19

PPE and Infection Control for In-office Assessments

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Do you need tips around personal protective equipment (PPE) use in the office?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) summarized 7 tips around PPE use and precautions healthcare providers can take. Refer to this document when needing a quick reference around PPE and patient interactions within your clinic.

Tags: Infection Prevention and Control, COVID-19

Frequency Asked Questions about IPAC, PPE and In-office visits

Type:

Quality Standards

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Want answers to commonly asked questions about infection prevention and control (IPAC), personal protective equipment (PPE) and in-office visits?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) created a document that answers commonly asked questions such as whether surfaces must be cleaned after each patient visit, necessity of wearing gowns and eyewear protection. Read this reference when looking for answers around common topics for in-clinic visits in the COVID-19 context.

Tags: Infection Prevention and Control, COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

#280 COVID Vax Fast Facts: Say That 10 Times Fast

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Want to be familiar with the evidence on three of the COVID-19 vaccines?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides a summary of the evidence on three COVID-19 vaccines. Refer to this article when looking for the latest on the COVID-19 vaccines.

Tags: Public Health and Preventive Medicine, COVID-19

#281 Top 5 Tools for Practice of 2020

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Want to know what the PEER evidence group decided as the top 5 Tools for Practice articles in 2020?

 

The PEER evidence group summarizes the top Tools for Practice evidence summaries into one place. Read five different clinical topic summaries in one article.

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Rheumatology, COVID-19

#283 COVID-19 and Vitamin D: Partners in Crime, or Simply Associates?

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Does Vitamin D help prevent or treat COVID-19?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice evaluates the evidence around Vitamin D and COVID-19. Read this article if you have patients asking about the relationship between Vitamin D and COVID-19.

Tags: Medication Management, COVID-19

#292 COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Events

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Want to know how frequent adverse events really are with COVID-19 vaccines?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides a summary of the frequency of adverse events of COVID-19 vaccines. Read this article to support your conversations around COVID-19 vaccine adverse events.

Tags: Public Health and Preventive Medicine, COVID-19

#294 Real World Evidence for COVID-19 Vaccines

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Are COVID-19 vaccines as effective as the clinical studies suggested?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides information on COVID-19 vaccine study data compared to real world data. Read this article to support your conversations around COVID-19 vaccine statistics.

Tags: Public Health and Preventive Medicine, COVID-19

#297 Opening a can of helminths: Ivermectin for COVID-19

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Are you being asked questions regarding Ivermectin and if it improves clinical outcomes in COVID-19?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice summarizes current best available evidence about Ivermectin's effect on clinical outcomes for COVID-19.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, COVID-19

#298 Long COVID: A (somewhat) short summary of risks, symptoms, and natural course

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Wondering how common is long COVID, what are the symptoms and how long does it last?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents the prevalence, risk factors, and symptoms of long COVID based on reviews of observational and other studies. Read this article to learn how to recognize long COVID in your patients.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, COVID-19

#303 CO-KID: Covid vaccine for kids

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

What are the benefits and harms of the available COVID-19 vaccines for children and adolescents?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice summarizes the efficacy and adverse events seen in randomized controlled trials for two current vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) approved for use in children/adolescents. Read this article ito review the latest evidence.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, COVID-19

#304 Budesonide Bests COVID-19

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

What is the effect of inhaled steroids on length of illness, emergency room visits and hospital admissions in outpatients with of COVID-19 infections?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents the findings from two randomized controlled trials of inhaled budesonide in patients with COVID-19. Read this article to learn how budesonide affects outcomes of patients with COVID-19.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, COVID-19

Balancing in-person and Virtual Care (Updated February 2022)

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for some suggestions for how to prioritize in-person visits, PPE and infection control reminders, and how to support your COVID-19 patients?

 

Created by The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP), this summary of considerations for family physicians provide suggestions to help support decision making regarding in-person visits. It includes principles to guide your decision making; examples of when in-person care is required; PPE and infection control; and caring for your COVID-19 patients.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Information for family doctors about N95s

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need information on COVID-19 and N95's?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) summarizes the resources available to order, fit test N95 masks, as well as recommendations for preserving and re-using masks (As of February 3, 2022).

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Balancing Demands: Considerations for Family Physicians

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Are you balancing multiple demands within your practice?

 

Family physicians face many competing priorities. The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has compiled some considerations for balancing the multiple demands right now. This resource includes considerations for areas to focus care, balancing in-person and virtual visits, caring for your COVID-19 patients, and advocating for vaccination.

Tags: Physician Wellness, COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Eligibility for COVID-19 Therapeutics

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for messaging your practice team can use to help address patients looking for COVID-19 treatment?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) created this scripted letter that your clinic staff can use to communicate with patients who suspect they have COVID-19. The letter outlines how to manage symptoms, criteria for the higher risk groups for severe illness, and how to contact the Clinical Assessment Centre nearest them.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

[email protected] for Primary Care: What is it?

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario Health

Need to find resources to help you care for your [email protected] patients?

 

This document provides you with a list of where you can find the resources you need to manage your [email protected] patients.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Guidance for primary care providers – Access to outpatient therapies for COVID-19 (sotrovimab and Paxlovid)

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario Health

Need to access outpatient therapies for your COVID-19 patients (sotrovimab and Paxlovid)?

 

This document outlines how primary care providers can access outpatient therapies for people at higher risk of severe disease, specifically sotrovimab (a monoclonal antibody) and Paxlovid (an oral antiviral).

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

OCFP Summary of Ontario Health Guidance for Primary Care Providers – Access to Sotrovimab and Paxlovid for Outpatient Therapies for Covid-19

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need access to sotrovimab and Paxlovid for outpatient therapies for your COVID-19 patients?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has summarized new Guidance from Ontario Health for how you can access sotrovimab (monoclonal antibody) and the oral antiviral Paxlovid, for your patients at higher-risk for severe infection. The key steps for family physicians are briefly summarized, including criteria for eligibility.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) Treatment Referral – Sotrovimab

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need to refer your COVID-19 patients for Monoclonal Antibody (mAb) treatment?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has provided a link to a digitized referral form for Monoclonal Antibody (mAB) treatment of COVID-19, created by colleagues at North York Family Health Team. The digital form is available to Telus PS and Accuro users, and Dr. Kevin Lai has created a form for OSCAR.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Public Health Units – Operational Contacts

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for a quick reference for Public Health Unit contacts in your region?

 

A list of Public Health Unit operational contacts across Ontario.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

The Lifting of COVID Measures in Ontario: Implications for Primary Care

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for interpretation of the recent provincial public health changes in COVID Measures (March 15, 2022)?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians has compiled a summary of changes to provincial public health guidelines, including the implications for primary care to help you manage through the change.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Patient eligibility for Paxlovid to treat COVID-19

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need to inform your patients about the anti-viral Paxlovid treatment?

 

The OCFP created this website/email script template to help you and your clinic staff inform your patients about the anti-viral Paxlovid, particularly those at high-risk for developing severe illness.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

Printable poster to remind patients to keep mask on while in the office

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need a sign to remind patients to keep masking in your clinic?

 

The OCFP created this printable poster to help remind patients that they should keep their mask on while in your office.

Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 Community of Practice

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