OCFP eNews: August 2018
Have Your Say
The CPSO’s draft Continuity of Care Policy sets out expectations for physicians in four key areas
 
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is accepting input on its draft umbrella  Continuity of Care   Policy , comprised of policies regarding  availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics . The OCFP is leading its own consultation efforts and  we want to hear from you.  Given the anticipated impact of these draft policies on your daily practice, this is an important opportunity to share your views.
 
Your feedback on the content in these draft policies will be used to shape the OCFP’s organizational response to the CPSO, from a family physician perspective.

How to participate and share your feedback:

  1. Read the key areas highlighted by OCFP staff
  2. Review the full CPSO policy drafts and a 'primer' for each policy
My Practice Primary Care Reports
Gain valuable insight into your practice with a confidential report from HQO

Looking for ideas to support you on improving care for your patients? Join the nearly 3,000 Ontario family physicians receiving customized, confidential reports from Health Quality Ontario about their primary care practice.

You can view your care patterns in relation to your peers at regional and provincial levels – including opioid prescribing, cancer screening and diabetes management – while accessing improvement ideas and resources to further help your patients. Sign up to receive your first report here: www.hqontario.ca/practicereport .
Your OCFP Website Is Getting a Makeover - Share Your Views

Do you have a designer's eye? Are you intrigued by the intersection of technology and healthcare? Does the OCFP's website work for you?

We're redesigning our website so that it delivers the most value and convenience for you – our members. If you are available on September 27, 2018 and would be interested in sharing your ideas for the new site, we want to hear from you.

Please contact kstephenson@ocfp.on.ca for more information and details.
In Case You Missed It - Have You Heard?
OCFP's new podcast series shares insight on work-life balance, transitioning to practice, and more
 
Family Docs: The Early Years is a four-part podcast series to support you in achieving your personal and professional goals.

The debut episode features Drs. Britta Laslo and Corey Bricks, members of the OCFP’s Early Years in Practice Committee, who speak with MD Financial Management consultant Saif Khan and HealthForceOntario regional advisor James Draper on the key considerations when building your practice.
 
Click here to hear what they have to say.
Back by Popular Demand
Reminder - two free, self-help support offerings now available for your patients with depression & anxiety

There was a large turnout for the webinars about the new pyschotherapy services available for adults/youth with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario and OTN. If you missed them and want to learn more, you can access recordings of the BounceBack  and  Big White Wall   webinars  here ,  using the password:  BB2018 .
 
About the new Pyschotherapy Services
  • BounceBackOne-on-one telephone coaching program for adults and youth 15+ 
  • Big White Wall: Online peer support and self-management tool for adults and youth 16+
  • To promote these services to your patients or within your community, a digital toolkit on both services can be ordered from your local CMHA branch or by emailing CMHA Ontario.
What Topic Would You Like to See Addressed by a Clinical Tool?

The  Centre for Effective Practice   wants your input on potential clinical tools for development. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say –   nominate a clinical tool topic today .

Your opinion is key to the  Knowledge Translation in Primary Care Initiative , an important project the OCFP collaborates on to help ensure relevant tools for family physicians.

From   opioid tapering low back pain   and  managing chronic non-cancer pain , to  youth mental health poverty   and  chronic insomnia , the tools and resources to date are addressing the identified needs of primary care providers in Ontario.  
Pain Management Resources
Helping you support your patients

Helping patients manage their pain is complex. To support you in managing your patients' pain, Health Quality Ontario has partnered with organizations –including the OCFP – to provide a one-stop summary of provincial resources.

Click here for tools and supports such as guidelines on appropriate opioid use, CME-accredited webinars on chronic pain. Also included is information about the OCFP's Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain Network for family physicians, which offers mentoring support through timely advice on challenging care issues.
Upcoming CPD Programs

Family Medicine Forum 2018 Update
Toronto - November 14 to 17, 2018

The CFPC's Family Medicine Forum 2018 is the largest conference for family doctors in Canada. Register by Sept. 15 and take advantage of special early bird pricing on 4-day registration!

During FMF on Nov. 14, the OCFP will host our Annual Meeting of Members , the President's Installation , as well as the Honours and Awards celebration. The OCFP is also presenting a number of workshops including Pediatric Preventive Care: Sex, Drugs and So Much More on Nov. 15 and the Treating Poverty active learning workshop on Nov. 17.

Click here to register or for more information.
CFPC’s Self Learning Program

The College of Family Physicians of Canada's Self Learning Program k eeps you updated on the latest medical literature any time, anywhere - all while earning up to 30.0 Mainpro+® certified credits per year.

Hot topics in the August issue include dietary fat, palpitations, recurrent fever, and many more. Check out this sample question:

True or false: Co-prescription of gabapentin and opioids is not associated with an increased risk of opioid-related death.
Tools for Practice

Clinical question #215: PCSK9 Inhibitors: Cardiovascular prevention panacea or pesky, pricey pokes?
Clinical Question:   Do pro-protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors decrease cardiovascular events, and if so, are they cost-effective?

Clinical question #216: Anxiously Awaiting Evidence: Pregabalin in generalized anxiety disorder
Clinical Question:  Is pregabalin effective for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
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