Upcoming CPD
Assessment, Treatment and Follow-up of Osteoporosis and Falls
Kingston - Feb. 3
Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment
 
Visit our CPD Calendar for information on these and other upcoming workshops.
On the Bulletin Board
Find out about calls for participation on committees, upcoming conferences, new reports and other valuable resources on the OCFP's online bulletin board. 
Call for input
Family physicians practicing in Local Health Information Networks (LHINs) 1 to 4 (South West Ontario) are invited to provide feedback about their experiences with OLIS lab results in a 10-minute online survey.
Tools for Practice
Clinical Question #178: Does the use of non-sterile (clean) gloves for office-based excisions result in more infections when compared to the use of sterile gloves?
Are you familiar with CEP's clinical tools?
If you are using, or are aware of CEP's clinical tools, we want to hear from you!
Please complete a brief survey covering resources and tools that you may be using as information aids, during patient encounters and as teaching aids. Your responses will help inform how clinical tools are used as well as supporting the development of new tools.

Exploring interventions for perinatal mental health
Perinatal m ental health is an important public health concern. Family physicians are key allies to public health in addressing this issue. 

Public Health Ontario's new evidence brief investigates interventions to address perinatal mental health in a public health context.

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January 2017
Port Perry family doctor named Family Physician of the Year
 
Dr. Merrilee Brown, who has spent nearly two decades providing primary care to patients in her community of Port Perry, Ont., has been recognized as the 2016 Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Ontario College of Family Physicians to a family doctor who provides exceptional care to patients while significantly contributing to the health and wellbeing of their community.
 
  Read more.
2017 OCFP Awards - Nominations are now open!
Do you know a family doctor or team in Ontario who should be recognized for their exceptional skill, knowledge and dedication?
 
Each year the Ontario College of Family Physicians celebrates the work of these primary care heroes through the OCFP Awards program.
 
The changing landscape of opioid prescribing  
Among the many recent changes taking place in the opioid landscape is the delisting from the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program of certain high-dose opioid formulations.  

These changes, according to the ODB, is a response to the inappropriate use, abuse, and diversion of prescription narcotics. Details of the changes can be accessed from the MOHLTC bulletin which reminds physicians of the pending delistings.

 

Read the full article. 

Sex, drugs and rock & roll ... and other risks
Preventive care visits for kids and teens are addressed by Dr. Anita Greig, creator of the Greig Health Record, in an upcoming OCFP certified 8-credit Group Learning workshop.
 
In Preventive Care for Children and Adolescents, participants will learn to:
  • Interpret current evidence-based preventive care recommendations for school-age children and adolescents.
  • Utilize the Greig Health Record checklist, associated preventive care resources, screening tools and patient information for this population.
  • Approach difficult issues including confidentiality, consent, and the reticent adolescent in practice.
Register now for the workshop.
Management of Chronic Insomnia - A guide for primary care providers
Chronic insomnia can have significant effects on daily functioning and quality of life. The latest resource from the Centre for Effective Practice's (CEP) Knowledge Transfer in Primary Care initiative is designed to guide primary care providers in assessing and managing chronic insomnia using non-pharmacological and pharmacological options.
 
Access the Management of Chronic Insomnia tool and supporting materials.
Webcast - The Doctor's Role in the Opioid Crisis
A Live OTN Webcast: Thurs., Jan. 26 - noon to 1 p.m.
The coroner calls you on Monday morning and says three 16-year olds died with a bottle of hydromorphone and a box of fentanyl patches next to them. The bottle and box have your patient's and your name on it. You reflect on your care, can you rationalize your treatment?

Join addictions and pain treatment experts Drs. Joel Bordman and Janel Gracey as they look at the opioid crisis and the family doctor's role in it. Learn how we got here and what health care providers can do when faced with a difficult clinical scenario.  

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Strengthening Relationships between Family Physicians in Primary Care and Hospitals

The OHA and the Ontario College of Family Physicians have undertaken to highlight the significant relationships between hospitals and family physicians working in the community.
  
A new "Idea Book" will share and promote stories of initiatives aimed at strengthening these important links. We are seeking illustrative stories of:
  • Primary and secondary care physicians/health-care providers working together to improve patient outcomes, enhance patient experience and/or provider satisfaction
  • Initiatives aimed at fostering mutual trust, respect, understanding and appreciation of other's skills, expertise and environments
  • Collaborative care models between hospital and community health-care providers
To submit your stories, simply download and complete the brief Idea Book  submission form.
  
For more information, please contact ocfp@cfpc.ca or 416-867-1843.  
Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia
People who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away. New research from Public Health Ontario  and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found 243,611 cases of dementia, 31,577 cases of Parkinson's disease, and 9,247 cases of multiple sclerosis in Ontario between 2001 and 2012.
 
In addition, they mapped individuals' proximity to major roadways using the postal code of their residence. The findings indicate that living close to major roads increased the risk of developing dementia, but not Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis. Read the full report in  The Lancet .
Environmental and Occupational Health "Pearls"
A bi-monthly feature providing clinical information and resources from Public Health Ontario on matters relating to environmental and occupational health
Learn about lead exposure - sources, health effects and prevention.