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Join our virtual conversation to learn about different anxiety disorders and hear from your colleagues about approaches to caring for patients dealing with anxiety. Panelists: Dr. Jon Davine (Hamilt...
Friday, May 27, 2022 at 07:55 AM
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Please join us for the 45th in our series 'Changing the way we work' on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 7:55-9:00am. Panelists TBD Co-hosts Dr. Liz Muggah, OCFP President, Family Physician, Bruyère...
Friday, June 10, 2022 at 12:30 PM
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Long-term care (LTC) residents are more dependent, frail and vulnerable, and require more complex care than community-dwelling older adults. Yet many interventions intended to reduce fracture risk are...
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Patient decision aid - Inhalers for asthma

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Clinical Tool

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Preparing to discuss inhaler devices options with an asthma patient?

 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Patient Decision Aid - Inhalers for Asthma is a tool designed to help you and your asthma patients discuss inhaler options that work best for your patient. This decision aid tool provides: an options table; ease of use flowchart; compassion chart; and additional information to help guide your discussion.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology

Pocket Guide for Asthma Management and Prevention (for adults and children older than 5 years)

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Clinical Tool

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Global Initiative for Asthma

Looking for the latest practical resources to help manage your asthma patients?

 

This Pocket Guide for Asthma Management and Prevention, presents a brief summary of the 2021 GINA report, Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention report for primary care providers. This Guide provides information and resources on asthma diagnosis and criteria, patient assessment, symptom management and treatment of exacerbations.

Tags: Respiratory Medicine or Respirology

Deprescribing Resources

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Resource

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Bruyère Research Institute

Are you looking for tools and information for you and your patients participate in deprescribing?

 

This website offers information about current approaches and research on deprescribing. The site contains tools and guidance to help with deprescribing, such as a Deprescribing App, patient information pamphlets, guidelines and the Canadian Deprescribing Network.

Tags: Medication Management

Mayo Clinic Bone Health Choice Decision Aid

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Clinical Tool

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Mayo Clinic

Need to discuss with your patient their risk of bone fractures?

 

The Decision Aid tool is an interactive online tool that allows you to input the patients information to help discuss risk of bone fractures. The tools offers you the opportunity to document your discussion and email your patient directly through this tool.

Tags: Orthopedics

Stopping your Proton Pump Inhibitor or “PPI”

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Patient Education

Source:

RxFiles

Looking for a patient handout regarding stopping Proton Pump Inhibitors? This patient handout describes the main reasons why a patient would consider stopping their proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication, and provides tips for how patients can do so while minimizing risks of symptoms. The handout also provides general tips on coping with heartburn or reflex disease.

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease

#307 Walking it off: How effective is exercise for management of peripheral artery disease?

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PEER Tools for Practice

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PEER Tools for Practice

Is exercise beneficial for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents the available evidence that exercise therapy improves maximum walking distance and pain-free walking distance.

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Sport and Exercise Medicine

#308 Can It Stay or Must It Go? Extended Use of Intrauterine Devices

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PEER Tools for Practice

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PEER Tools for Practice

Are IUDs safe for your patients beyond recommended use durations?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice presents evidence that IUDs have demonstrated efficacy and safety for up to two years after approved duration of use. The guidelines suggest that 1 year of replacement deferral is reasonable, along with patient-informed discussion.

Tags: Obstetrics/Gynecology

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

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

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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

Cannabis (Marijuana)

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Resource

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Public Health Ontario

Questions about Cannabis?

 

Public Health Ontario has made available a number of resources on the topic of Cannabis. Subjects covered include: Cannabis in pregnancy, harms, monitoring Cannabis, production odours, simultaneous use of alcohol and Cannabis, driving under the influence, Ontario by-laws, and is Cannabis a gateway drug?

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Canadian Medical Association Cannabis and the CMA

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Resource

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Canadian Medical Association

Need information and resources on cannabis use for recreational and medical purposes?

 

The Canadian Medical Association repository of resources provides guidance, tools and resources such as the CMA policy on medical marijuana, guidelines for lower-risk cannabis use and patient information.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Medication Management

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

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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

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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

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Resource

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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

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Resource

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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

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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

More Clinical Tools & Resources

What You'll Find in COVID-19 Information:

Find COVID-19 Community of Practice Information and COVID-19 compiled reference links, tools and other information for family physicians and the public.

 

Go to the COVID-19 Information Page

What You'll Find in Practising Well:

Connect with your peers. You’ll have access to information and experts to support you in providing the best care possible for your patients with their mental health, substance use disorders and chronic pain.

 

Go to the Practising Well Page

What You'll Find in OCFP Workshops:

Knowledge for the Now – what you need when you need it  

Our workshops will equip you with information, knowledge, and skills, through innovative programs and tools and resources. 

 

Go to the OCFP Workshops Page

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