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Talking About Alcohol Use

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Patient Education

Source:

Health Quality Ontario

Help your patients talk about alcohol use with their health care providers

 

This resource will help your patients to talk about their alcohol use problems with you or other health care professionals. It provides a checklist of items to go through when talking with a health care provider about their problems with alcohol use.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Evidence-based wellbeing and recovery support program

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

Breaking Free from Substance Use

Need to refer your patient to an online recovery support program?

 

This website offers 24 hour access to patients who need help in recovering from a substance use disorder. The site is completely confidential and provides individuals with positive coping skills and lets them work at their own pace of recovery.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

CAMH

Looking for a low risk alcohol drinking patient handout?

 

This patient pamphlet offers your patients quick tips on how to limit their alcohol consumption, and describes several alcohol consumption practises that are considered to be lower-risk.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Understanding Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

Middlesex-London Health Unity (Youtube)

Looking for a brief educational video for your patients on low risk alcohol drinking?

 

This brief video is intended for patients and summarizes Canada's Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines pamphlet. The video describes what a standard drink is, what the guidelines are, and helps patients make more informed decisions around alcohol drinking.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Alcoholics Anonymous

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Resource

Source:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Need to refer your patient to Alcoholics Anonymous to help manage their alcohol use disorder?

 

Alcoholics Anonymous is a long-standing support resource for people who have problems with their alcohol use. The website offers resources to people who struggle with alcoholism, their family and friends, and even their caregivers.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

SMART Recovery

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Resource

Source:

SMART Recovery

Need to refer your patient to a SMART recovery program?

 

SMART Recovery is a global community of people and families working together to resolve addictive problems. The site offers free group discussion meetings, where participants learn from one another using a self-empowering approach based on the most current science of recovery.

Tags: Addiction Medicine, Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders Quality Standard

Type:

Quality Standards

Source:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Looking for a quality standard on how to identify and manage anxiety disorders?

 

This quality standard from the National Institue for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) covers identifying and managing anxiety disorders in adults, young people and children in primary, secondary and community care. The standard covers a range of anxiety disorders, and it describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Tags: Mental Health

Canadian clinical practice guidelines for the management of anxiety, posttraumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders

Type:

Quality Standards

Source:

BMC Psychiatry

Looking for guidelines to help you diagnose and treat anxiety in your patients?

 

These guidelines were developed by Canadian experts in anxiety and related disorders through a consensus process. The guidelines are to assist clinicians with the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and related disorders by providing practical, evidence-based recommendations.

Tags: Mental Health

SPIN (Social Phobia Inventory)

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Psychology Tools

Need a tool to help you screen for social anxiety disorder in your patients?

 

The Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN) is a 17-item questionnaire developed by the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Duke University. It is effective in screening for, and measuring the severity of social anxiety disorder.

Tags: Mental Health

GAD-7

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders Patient Health Questionnaire (PRIME-MD-PHQ)

Looking for a tool that assesses General Anxiety Disorder?

 

The GAD-7 anxiety scale is a brief 7-item questionnaire that rapidly assesses the severity of anxiety based on the frequency of experiencing each item over the past 2 weeks.

Tags: Mental Health

PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5)

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Centre for PTSD

Looking for a tool to help you assess if your patient has potential PTSD?

 

The PCL-5 is a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD. The PCL-5 has a variety of purposes, including: 1) monitoring symptom change during and after treatment, 2) screening individuals for PTSD, 3) making a provisional PTSD diagnosis. This tool can be completed by patients in a waiting room prior to a session or by participants as part of a research study.

Tags: Mental Health

Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – National Centre for PTSD

Looking for a tool to help you assess if your patient has probable PTSD?

 

The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a 5-item screen that was designed to identify individuals with probable PTSD in primary care settings. The measure begins with an item which assesses lifetime exposure to traumatic events, and if a respondent indicates that they have had any lifetime exposure to trauma, the respondent is instructed to respond to 5 additional yes/no questions about how that trauma exposure has affected them over the past month.

Tags: Mental Health

Eating disorders: recognition and treatment

Type:

Guideline

Source:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Looking for guidelines to assist you in assessing and treating patients with eating disorders?

 

This guideline covers assessment, treatment, monitoring and inpatient care for children, young people and adults with eating disorders. It aims to improve the care people receive by detailing the most effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa.

Tags: Mental Health

Kintsugi Mind - How clinicians can be restored rather than broken by the pandemic

Type:

Resource

Source:

Canadian Family Physician

Feeling like the pandemic has you broken?

 

This brief article provides advice to clinicians on how to approach self-restoration after a sustained pandemic by applying the principles of the Kintsugi Mind: relating, resourcing, repatterning, reprocessing, reflecting, and ritual.

Tags: Mental Health, Physician Wellness

Fear of Cancer Recurrence Inventory – Short Form

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

Canadian Family Physician

Are your cancer survivor patients feeling worried they will get cancer again?

 

This questionnaire aims to better understand the experience of worries about cancer recurrence in patients who have been previously diagnosed with cancer. It is a simple 9-question form that asks patients about their thoughts related to cancer recurrence.

Tags: Mental Health, Oncology

Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS)

Type:

Clinical Tool

Source:

Dr. Sarah Allen

Looking for a tool to help you screen your patients for perinatal anxiety?

 

This tool assesses the degree to which over the previous month, a person has experienced signs of anxiety related to an upcoming or recent birth. The tool contains 31 items, which are rated on frequency of experience over the past month.

Tags: Mental Health, Perinatal Care

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

Want to provide your patients who have an eating disorder a resource to help them manage?

 

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders.

Tags: Mental Health

Body Brave

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

Body Brave

Need to refer your patients who have an eating disorder to an online help resource?

 

Body Brave is an online resource that offers treatment, training and education to people who have eating disorders. The site is available for those aged 17+, is weight inclusive and 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly. Their services are all virtual, and free of charge or are covered by OHIP.

Tags: Mental Health

Anxiety Canada

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

Anxiety Canada

Looking for a resource to support your patients who suffer from anxiety disorders?

 

Anxiety Canada is a registered charity and non-profit organization that raises awareness about anxiety. The organization provides support to people with anxiety via access to proven resources and treatment. The website offers services and programs such as an app, online courses, and online group therapy.

Tags: Mental Health

Bringing Mindfulness to Parenting

Type:

Patient Education

Source:

eMental Health

Need a resource to refer your patients who are experiencing challenges in parenting?

 

eMental Health has developed this online resource for parents who might benefit from being more mindful in their parenting. The site offers information about mindfulness in parenting, and several resources for help/support.

Tags: Mental Health

#315 The LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) Song: Is the etonogestrel implant a hit?

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PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

How does the etonogestrel implant (Nexplanon®) compare to other long-acting reversible contraception?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides the latest evidence on the etonogestrel implant (Nexplanon®) for contraception, as compared to the low-dose levonorgestrel intrauterine device. Refer to this article if you need support for conversations around long-acting and reversible contraception.

Tags: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Sexuality/Sexual Health

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) in Adults: Information for Primary Care

Type:

Resource

Source:

eMental Health

Looking for information on Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

 

eMental Health has compiled a list of resources for clinicians and their patients in assessing, identifying and managing Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The site contains a primary care guide, screening tools, patient handouts, referal resources, and letters of support among other useful information.

Tags: Mental Health

#316 To Pee or Not to Pee: Combination agents for benign prostatic hypertrophy

Type:

PEER Tools for Practice

Source:

PEER Tools for Practice

Is combination therapy with alpha-blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors (5ARI) more efficacious than alpha-blockers alone for patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy?

 

This PEER Tool for Practice provides the latest evidence that adding 5ARIs to alpha-blockers reduces the number of men with clinical progression, and the number needing BPH surgery. However, drug-related adverse effects are increased with combination therapy.

Tags: Urology

Grief recovery: How to help a colleague

Type:

Resource

Source:

Canadian Medical Association

Are you and/or your colleagues struggling with grief?

 

The Canadian Medical Association posted this article about grief, given that physicians have been losing patients at higher rates than before due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The article discusses this new reality, and offers tips for dealing with your own feelings of grief and for helping colleagues cope with theirs.

Tags: Mental Health, Physician Wellness

Grieving – where to go when you’re looking for help

Type:

Resource

Source:

CAMH

Are you and/or your patients struggling with the aftermath of a personal loss?

 

CAMH has put together a resource for anyone facing grief after a loss, to help them process their feelings. The resource offers a list of support options for individuals, such as counselling, group meetings, bereavement programs, and other types of support.

Tags: Mental Health, Physician Wellness, 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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