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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 08:00 AM
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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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Clinician Aid A - Patient Request for Medical Assistance in Dying

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Resource

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Ukrainians Fleeing War: Early Assessment Considerations for Primary Care Providers

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Resource

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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

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PEER Tools for Practice

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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

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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

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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?

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PEER Tools for Practice

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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

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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

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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

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

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

Source:

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

Canadian Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults (2019)

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Guideline

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Canadian Coalition for Senior’s Mental Health

Looking for guidance to help manage alcohol use disorder in your older patients?

 

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH) created this guideline on the prevention, assessment, and management of alcohol use disorder among older adults. This guideline provides useful guidance for either preventing the development of alcohol use disorder or optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Practising Well

Primary care management of alcohol use disorder and at-risk drinking

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Resource

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Canadian Family Physician

Need to manage alcohol use disorder and at-risk drinking in your patients?

 

This clinical review provides evidence-based information and advice on the management of at-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Practising Well

Management of alcohol use disorder

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Resource

Source:

Women’s College Hospital

Need a quick-reference tool that summarizes the interventions available to help you manage patients with alcohol use disorder?

 

This pocket reference contains guidelines and helpful tips to assist you in talking to patients about their alcohol use and managing at-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Practising Well

Practical Approach to Substance Use Disorders for the Family Physician

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Resource

Source:

CFPC Addiction Medicine Member Interest Group

Looking for information on how to recognize and treat common substance abuse disorders in your patients?

 

This reference booklet is designed to help you recognize and treat the most common substance use disorders: nicotine, alcohol, and opiods. The booklet provides information on how to screen for each disorder, pharmacoptherapy options, non-pharmacological treatment, withdrawal management, as well as patient and caregiver resources.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Practising Well

Rapid Access Medicine Clinics (RAAM)

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

ConnexOntario

Offer your patients an easy to access option for addictions treatment

 

The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAAM) provides low barrier access for patients seeking treatment for any substance use disorder. Patients do not need an appointment and are seen on a walk-in basis. This clinic will provide brief counselling, prescribe medications (including anti-craving medications for alcohol and buprenorphine/naloxone for opiate use disorder) and connect patients with community treatment programs.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Practising Well

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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