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Cannabis and your health: 10 ways to reduce risks when using

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Patient Education

Source:

Government of Canada

Want to help your patients understand and reduce risks when using cannabis?

 

Available in both poster and a postcard, this information outlines 10 ways that your patient can reduce their risks when using Cannabis.

Tags: Addiction Medicine

Involving Family Physicians in Health Reform: Tips for Ontario Health Teams

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Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for tips on involving family physicians in health care reform?

 

Created by The Ontario College of Family Physicians, this resource outlines the principles of meaningful involvement of Family Physicians in Ontario Health Teams.

Tags: Practice Management

What to Expect of an Ontario Health Team

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Thinking about joining an Ontario Health Team?

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians has developed this two-page guide that describes the consideration for Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). This guide provides a list key questions to ask yourself and others participating in OHTs, lists potential benefits and potential risks, and will provide you with additional resources available. Use this resource if you are joining an OHT and are unsure where to start.

Tags: Physician Wellness, Practice Management

Top 10 Questions about Flu

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Find the top 10 flu-related questions answered

 

The Ontario College of Family Physicians and the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine have answered your top 10 questions about Flu. Questions include topics such as: vaccines, severity projection, PPE and how to distinguish Flu from COVID.

Tags: Infectious Diseases, Viral Infections

The Cold Standard - Toolkit - 3rd edition

Type:

Resource

Source:

Choosing Wisely Canada

Looking for information on using antibiotics wisely?

 

Choosing Wisely Canada has released the third edition of The Cold Standard toolkit to help you manage your patients' Respiratory Tract Infections, especially in the era of COVID-19 and virtual care. This practical toolkit provides clinical tools that can support the judicious use of antibiotics in primary care.

Tags: Medication Management, Viral Infections

Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin

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Resource

Source:

Public Health Ontario

Looking for a weekly update on Flu and other respiratory pathogens in Ontario?

 

The Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin (ORPB), published by Public Health Ontario, is a comprehensive, weekly summary of provincial respiratory pathogen activity. Including information on the onset, duration, conclusion, geographic patterns, severity and progression of seasonal influenza activity. Use this resource to find out about the spread and intensity of respiratory pathogen activity and influenza in Ontario.

Tags: Infectious Diseases, Respiratory Medicine or Respirology, Viral Infections

Public Health Agency of Canada - FluWatch website

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Resource

Source:

Public Health Agency of Canada

Want to review influenza activity in Canada?

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada's FluWatch is a national surveillance system that monitors the spread of influenza and influenza-like illnesses. Every Friday, the Agency publishes FluWatch reports with information on influenza activity in Canada (during active influenza season).

Tags: Infectious Diseases, Viral Infections

Clinician Aid A - Patient Request for Medical Assistance in Dying

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Resource

Source:

Government of Ontario

Need assistance in making a written request for medical assistance in dying?

 

The Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository site provides a form for individuals to complete who wish to make a written request for medical assistance in dying that complies with legal requirements. Your patient would complete the form and provide it to you as their healthcare practitioner.

Tags: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Clinician Aid B - (Primary) Medical Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner Medical Assistance in Dying Aid

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Resource

Source:

Government of Ontario

Do you need guidance on how to maintain records for medical assistance in dying requests?

 

The Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository site provides a form for you (as a physician) to complete as a means of maintaining records of patient requests for medical assistance in dying. Use this form when a patient is requesting medical assistance in dying and you intend to provide this assistance to the patient.

Tags: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Clinician Aid C - (Secondary) Medical Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner Medical Assistance in Dying Aid

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Resource

Source:

Government of Ontario

Have you been asked to provide a written opinion confirming your patient meets criteria to receive medical assistance in dying?

 

The Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository site has a form for you (as a physician) to provide a written opinion that confirms your patient is eligible to receive medical assistance in dying.

Tags: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Canada Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) Resources

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Resource

Source:

Canada Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP)

Need to access the Canadian Association of MAiD Accessors and Providers?

 

The Canada Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) website contains a wealth of resources and information for healthcare providers who deliver medical assistance in dying, as well as support for patients and families. The site includes a forum for members, a knowledge base, a network of mentors and consultants, and various webinars and training offerings.

Tags: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

#309 Can our brains help our pain? Psychological interventions for chronic low back pain

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Is pain management just mind over matter?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents evidence that psychological interventions lead to clinical improvements in pain for patients, compared to control. Interventions studied include cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Tags: Chronic Pain, Mental Health

#310 Medications for Heart Failure with Preserved or Mildly-Reduced Ejection Fraction: Heart Failure or Heart Success?

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Which heart failure medications reduce death or hospitalization in patients?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents evidence from five systemic reviews in the last 5 years, that only mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRA) and sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) reduce hospitalizations in patients with heart failure and ejection fraction of >40%. Other medications (CE inhibitors, ARBs, beta-blockers, and sacubitril-valsartan) were not found to reduce hospitalization or deaths. No medications were found to reduce mortality.

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease

#311 “Ultralong”-acting insulin for diabetes: How long is long enough?

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

How long does degludec insulin last compared to long-acting or NPH insulin?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents evidence from five systematic reviews that compared degludec to glargine in individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and found there is reduced risk of severe hypoglycemia with degludec. Symptomatic hypoglycemia is either similar or lower with degludec, and there were no other differences in clinical outcomes or hemoglobin A1c.

Tags: Endocrinology and Metabolism

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

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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

Ukrainians Fleeing War: Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers

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Resource

Source:

Ministry of Health

Looking for guidance on how to assess and care for displaced Ukrainians?

 

The Ministry of Health has developed this resource to support primary health care providers in their early assessments and care of individuals arriving in Ontario who have been displaced due to the war in Ukraine. The document contains information on immigration medical examinations, early assessment considerations, immunizations, blood tests, health service access and additional resources.

Tags: Practice Management, Public Health and Preventive Medicine

#312 Thirsty for weight loss ideas? Water for weight loss

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Does increasing water lead to meaningful weight loss?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice summarizes the evidence for whether increased water consumption has any effect on weight loss.

Tags: Endocrinology and Metabolism, Nutrition

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

#313 Gastrointestinal bleeding - Does tranexamic acid halt it or not?

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Considering tranexamic acid to treat patients with gastrointestinal bleeds?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents evidence that tranexamic acid does not reduce mortality, transfusions, surgical interventions or intensive care for individuals with gastrointestinal bleeds.

Tags: Gastroenterology

#314 Weight to Go: Naltrexone/bupropion for weight loss

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Is naltrexone/bupropion (Contrave®) effective for weight loss?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides the latest evidence on naltrexone/bupropion (Contrave®) for weight loss. Refer to this article if you need support for conversations around pharmacological treatment for weight loss.

Tags: Endocrinology and Metabolism

Tools for identifying health-risk patients eligible for Paxlovid

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Resource

Source:

Ontario Health

Need to know where to get additional resources for Paxlovid prescribing?

 

Ontario Health has compiled a memo on tools for Paxlovid prescribing, including: use of COVaxON and EMR searches to help identify high-risk patients, an adaptable OCFP-developed script to communicate with patients, and a Paxlovid prescription form for PS Suite, Oscar and Accuro, and in PDF.

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

Screening, IPAC and PPE Information for Family Physicians

Type:

Resource

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for Screening, IPAC and PPE tools for your practice?

 

The OCFP has developed a suite of Screening IPAC and PPE tools for your practice, including a screening tool, a summary of IPAC/PPE guidelines, and updated tips for your clinic and information on N95s.

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

Screening Patients for COVID-19

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for a screening tool for COVID-19 to use in your practice?

 

The OCFP has developed a step-by-step screening tool to use in your practice to actively screen patients for COVID-19. Use this tool to reduce the risk of transmission in your office and to help determine how to best meet your patient's clinical needs.

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