For Physicians – Helpful Links
- ACFP’s Tools for Practice
- CFPC – College of Family Physicians of Canada
- CFPC – College of Family Physicians of Canada Resources
- AMA – Alberta Medical Association
- Canadian Institute for Health Information
- CMA – Canadian Medical Association
- CPSA – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
- Primary Care Networks Program Management Office (PCN PMO)
- PCN Evolution
- RPAP – Alberta’s Rural Health Professionals Action Plan
- SRPC – Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)
- Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC)
- Toward Optimized Practice (TOP)
- Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) YouTube Channel
- University of Alberta Family Medicine
- University of Calgary Family Medicine
- Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA)
- Mental Health Commission
- Housing Connections
For Physicians – Helpful Resources/Tools
Primary care physicians can incorporate medical cannabinoids into their prescribing practices by being informed with best available evidence and using a simplified, shared decision-making approach with their patients.Visit the Toward Optimized Practice Clinical Guidelines page for more information.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CFPC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), has developed the Prevention in Hand (PiH) website (www.preventioninhand.com), 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.
AHS offers a number of resources to members of its Medical Staff. This section of the site also provides links to quality and safety resources; clinical guidelines and protocols; Practitioner health and collaboration, Workplace Health and Safety resources, and more.
Vascular Diseases are the major cause of death and disability in Alberta and in Canada, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, some components of dementia share common causal links with vascular diseases. Learn more about the different VRR resources available by visiting the AHS’s Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network page
- Learning About Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke (abq0018)
- Heart Health: Finding Support for Health Changes (abp9983)
- Heart Health: Where Will You Be in 5 Years (abp9969)
- Cholesterol Numbers: What They Mean for your Health (abq0115)
- Statins: Overcoming Barriers to Taking Them (Video)
- Hits & Myths – Addressing Patients’ Concerns About Statins (video)
- Helping healthcare professionals support tobacco users in quitting efforts (video)
- Quitting Smoking is a Journey (12 min; YouTube)
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
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
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 http://www.mard.ualberta.ca.
- Looking for a family doctor: CPSA – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta or Edmonton-area Primary Care Networks’ new Edmonton-area PCN Family Doctor database
- Alberta Health Link: www.albertahealthservices.ca/223.asp
- My Health Alberta is your personal health portal: myhealth.alberta.ca
- My Health Alberta – Palliative and End of Life Care: myhealth.alberta.ca/palliative-care
- Prevention in Hand: http://www.preventioninhand.com/
- Healthy Parents, Healthy Children: www.healthyparentshealthychildren.ca
- Alberta Health and Wellness: www.health.alberta.ca/
- Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA): www.EDSNA.ca/for-parents–loved-ones.html
- Family Health Magazine: www.familyhealthonline.ca
- Alberta Health – Primary Health Care: http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/primary-health-care.html
- Alberta’s Primary Care Networks: http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/primary-care-networks.html
- Primary Care Networks Program Management Office: www.pcnpmo.ca