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The Practising Well Community of Practice was built by family physicians for family physicians. Join monthly virtual sessions to connect in real time with, and learn from others who are working with patients to address their mental health, substance use disorders, and chronic pain.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients visit their doctor. Yet without effective intervention it can become a chronic condition. Join your fellow physicians to discuss approache...
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 07:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Family doctors are often the first medical professional that patients turn to when seeking help for a substance use disorder. But there is rarely enough time in a single appointment to provide in-dept...

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CORE Back Tool


Clinical Tool


Centre for Effective Practice

Do you need a concise and informative tool for examination, management, and clinical decision-making in patients with low back pain?


The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) created this resource to summarize and organize low back pain assessment and identify red flags. This tool will help you walk through the history, conduct physical examinations, and provide initial management for your patients.

Tags: Chronic Pain, Orthopedics , Practising Well

Low Back Pain




Reframe Health Lab

Looking for a short video that summarizes various aspects of low back pain management?


Dr. Mike Evans of Reframe Health Lab created this 11-minute video around low back pain for both healthcare providers and patients. Watch this video if you or your patient want a refresher on various aspects of managing low back pain.

Tags: Chronic Pain, Orthopedics , Practising Well

PEER simplified chronic pain guideline - 1 page Summary




Canadian Family Physician

Looking for a guideline on how to manage chronic pain in your patients?


This 1-page summary summarizes the simplified guidelines for the management of chronic pain. It includes a listing of treatment interventions for osteoarthritic, chronic low back and neuropathic pain, along with their benefits.

Tags: Chronic Pain, Neurology, Rheumatology, Practising Well

Past Sessions

Recordings of past Practising Well Community of Practice sessions and resources will be posted here once they are available.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
The ongoing opioid crisis has only gotten worse during the pandemic. Join your fellow family doctors to discuss strategies for managing opioid use by patients, unique issues facing practitioners, and ...
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Coping with undesired change and loss can be difficult. Join your colleagues to consider and discuss strategies for recognizing and responding to grief and loss, and to learn about support for yo...
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 08:00 AM
Duration: 1 hour
Learn about different anxiety disorders and hear from your colleagues about approaches to caring for patients dealing with anxiety. Panelists: Dr. Jon Davine (Hamilton) Dr. Rachel Shour (Toront...

Our Partners

The Ontario College of Family Physicians has partnered with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction at the Department of Family and Community Medicine to deliver this community of practice.

The Practising Well Community of Practice has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+credits. This Community of Practice includes a series of planned webinars. Each session is worth 1 Mainpro+credits, for up to a total of 12 credits.