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For Physicians – Helpful Resources/Tools





  • Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC), and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) have joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis (OA) Tool to help family physicians and other health care providers understand that osteoarthritis is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps providers:

    • Identify, assess, and monitor OA
    • Equip patients for high quality self-management
    • Recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies
    • Clinical Working Group
      Dr. Julia Alleyne, Project Clinical Lead
      Ms. Carol Cox
      Dr. Pierre Frémont
      Dr. Gillian Hawker
      Dr. Sahil Jain
      Dr. Mathieu Lafontaine-Godbout
      Dr. Victor Lun
      Dr. Natasha Gakhal


    Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) introduces a new clinical practice guideline (CPG): Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Primary Care

    By removing lipid targets and associated monitoring of lipid levels, as well as other streamlining measures, the management of lipids and cardiovascular disease risk has been significantly simplified. Additionally, by targeting risk, clinicians can identify patients most likely to benefit while actively involving these patients in their care.

    The collaboration between the ACFP’s Evidence and CPD program team  and TOP has created a guideline and recommendations based on the most recent and highest quality of evidence. The background evidence to create the guideline included a review of more than two hundred articles. Authors for the Evidence Review include: Drs. Adrienne Lindblad, Mike Kolber, Scott Garrison, Mike Allan, and Ms. Candra Cotton.

    This Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Primary Care guideline balances evidence, simplification/efficiency, and patient involvement.


    Optimized Prescribing With Seniors (OPS)

    OPS is presented by the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and College of Physician ans Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). The bimonthly online resource for Alberta physicians focuses on aging patients and complexities in prescribing. OPS welcomes reader feedback on each article as it is posted, as well as suggestions for the publication overall or ideas for future articles. These can be emailed to

  • Prevention in Hand

    The CFPC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), has developed the Prevention in Hand (PiH) websitecfpc-prev-in-hand (, a one-stop, user-friendly website and mobile application that will be a valuable health care resource for both health care providers and patients by offering current and clinically reviewed information about the prevention of chronic diseases.  CFPC members can also earn MainPro credits through eLearning modules that are available on the PiH website.




  • Referral/Consultation communication problems?

    Are referral requests vanishing into a “black hole”? Are specialists receiving referral requests for procedures they do not do?

    The CMA has created a Referral and Consultation Process Toolbox, an online resource of initiatives aimed at improving referral and consultation processes that have been implemented successfully throughout Canada.

  • Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta

    Please note, page 14 (Testosterone Replacement) has been updated as of Mar 31, 2018.

    The ACFP is pleased to share with you an annual Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta document. Authored by Dr. Mike Kolber, Tony Nickonchuk, and Jayson Lee. The document identifies generic products (generally cheaper) from brand name products, a 90 day cost for standard doses (unless otherwise noted), and Alberta Blue Cross and Indian Affairs coverage.  The document is grouped by medication class and then  ordered by cost. Please read the introduction for further explanation and specifically how the costs were calculated.  While this document is not exhaustive, it contains many medications potentially used by office based primary care providers.

  • CFPC’s Medical Marijuana Position Statement

    The CFPC addresses Health Canada’s Proposed Changes to Medical Marijuana Regulations.

  • CFPC Committee on Ethics Issues Handbook

    Teaching and Practising Ethics in Family Medicine – What is the best approach for teaching ethics? Understanding that no single teaching methodology will fit well for all teachers in all settings, the Committee on Ethics developed Ethics in Family Medicine: Faculty Handbook to provide faculty with a hands-on “how-to” approach. Use this practical guide when developing or reviewing curricula for teaching ethics and professionalism, and for training new faculty members.

  • The SIMARD MD – A New Screening for Identification of Cognitively Impaired Drivers

    The SIMARD MD (an acronym for Screen for the Identification of Cognitively Impaired Medically At-RiskDrivers, A Modification of the DemTect) is a valid and reliable screening tool for the identification of cognitively impaired medically at-risk drivers.

    For more information on the SIMARD MD and to access the tool and short videos on scoring and administration, please visit

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