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What You'll Find in COVID-19 Community of Practice:

A space for family physicians across Ontario to connect and learn from each other, keep up with new guidance and respond to the changing environment.

Every 2 to 3 weeks, hear updates from experts on the latest COVID evidence and policy and connect with fellow family physicians on practical ways to innovate and address COVID challenges on the ground. Sessions are highly interactive and designed based on attendee questions. Each session is recorded and shared after the event along with session slides, resources, and FAQ.

The COVID-19 Community of Practice for Ontario Family Physicians is a one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program that has been certified for up to a total of 32 credits.

What You'll Find in COVID-19 Resources:

Access reference links, tools and other information for family physicians and the public.

What You'll Find in COVID-19 Vaccination – Free Learning Modules:

This self-learning series is designed to provide primary care professionals with the knowledge and skills to support Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Modules cover why we need the vaccine, the safety and efficacy of mRNA vaccines, the safety and efficacy of viral vector vaccines, plans for vaccine rollout, how to build vaccine confidence among patients, emerging issues, and vaccination in children.

What You'll Find in Confused About COVID? Family doctors answer your questions' series:

This series offers patients and the public trustworthy advice about protecting their health and how family doctors can help.

Family doctors have created this set of resources to address the most common questions from the public about symptoms, safety, testing and more. 

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

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Quality Standards

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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

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

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Resource

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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

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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

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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?

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Resource

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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)

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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Clinical Tool

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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

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Clinical Tool

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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

Tools for identifying health-risk patients eligible for Paxlovid

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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Clinical Tool

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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

IPAC Guidance for Community Practices during COVID-19

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Resource

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Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for IPAC/PPE guidelines for your practice?

 

The OCFP has outlined pandemic-related measures for infection prevention and control, including: screening, masking, PPE, physical distancing, cleaning, and ventilation. Use this resource to reduce the risk of transmission in your office.

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

Practice Tips for In-office Assessments

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Resource

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Ontario College of Family Physicians

Looking for tips on conducting in-office COVID-19 assessments?

 

The OCFP has listed several tips for assessment of COVID-19 patients in your office. Included are tips for: staff, screening and flow, PPE and cleaning. Use this resource to reduce the risk of transmission in your office.

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

Information for family doctors about N95s

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Resource

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Ontario College of Family Physicians

Need to know how to use N95 respirators in your practice?

 

The OCFP has summarized key pieces of information regarding the use of N95 respirators in your practice. Use this resource to find out where to order N95s and how to extend their usage.

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

Our Partners

The Ontario College of Family Physicians has partnered with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto to delivery these COVID-19 Resources.