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Best Advice Guide: Team-Based Care in the Patient`s Medical Home

Team-based care is an integral part of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) model. The continuous, comprehensive, patient-centred care provided by these family practices is made even more effective by building a strong, well-connected team that strives for the same goal.

This guide examines the benefits of team-based care for both practice efficiency and patients’ health outcomes.

More Best Advice Guides

Presented and developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Best Advice Guides are short, practical documents designed to help family physicians implement the pillars of the Patient’s Medical Home in your practice.

Past guides are available on the PMH website and new guides are always under development and added to this library as they become available.

Join Us for the 6th Annual PEIP Conference

Don’t Miss Out!

PEIP Conference | October 20-21 | DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

Focusing on relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care that combine evidence, experience, and patient values, the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) conference is applicable to all primary care practitioners.

Back by popular demand – Live Webcast

The 2017 PEIP conference will be offered via live webcast for those who prefer to participate from the comfort of their own home or participate with colleagues from the office. Individual and group rates will be offered.

Conference Details

Download your official conference brochure for more information.

CPSA News – CPSA Issues New Opioid and Benzodiazepine in Advice Document

CPSA addresses opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing in new advice document

New requirements explained, plus a checklist and links to resources

Don’t miss the CPSA’s new Advice to the Profession on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion, supporting the standard of practice by the same name which took effect on April 1, 2017.
Released the same week as the new Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, the document includes:

  • detailed opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing requirements
  • example scenarios to clarify the College’s expectations
  • extensive resource list
  • general guide to drugs covered by the standard
  • checklist for prescribers

Physicians are also encouraged to visit Let’s Talk About Opioid Prescribing and Physician Prescribing Practices on the CPSA website for more information and resources.

New – Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Driven by a common interest in tackling the overuse and abuse of prescription opioids in Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to be one of eight national organizations to form the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing. This Collaborative formed in response to Health Canada’s 2016 Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis and shares a commitment to a coordinated, pan-Canadian approach to the safe, effective, and compassionate management of pain in our communities. The Collaborative is committed to providing education for improved opioid prescribing and to addressing the issue comprehensively and collectively.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, developed by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, the guideline will assist health care providers in practice decisions regarding the safe and effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management. It aims to keep patients safe from the potential harms of opioids while recognizing the therapeutic benefits of these medications.

The Collaborative is composed of members from the following organizations: the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland MDcme, the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

On May 18th The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health called for a review of the guideline development process by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). We understand that this may create questions about the quality of the new guideline so we want to provide you with the following information.

First, because of the importance of the opioid guideline to Canadian physicians and their patients, the CFPC understands the Minister’s decision to undertake a review that will allow all parties affected by the guideline to be certain about its credibility. The guideline development process was validated nationally and internationally and the resulting recommendations and guidance statements underwent multiple levels of review.

Based on our current knowledge, we believe the guidelines are based on the best available evidence and are appropriate to inform clinical practice, pending the outcome of the independent review. Together with our Collaborative partners, the CFPC remains committed to addressing the opioid crisis that is affecting people every day. We will keep you informed of the outcome of the independent guideline review as information becomes available.

Links and resources

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain is available online at

The guideline is also available at
This is an interactive, dynamic website and mobile app, that features decision aids and facilitates decision making between patients and providers.

For more information on Opioid Management visit the Opioid Management page.

Practising Wisely in Alberta

The Alberta College of Family Physicians and Choosing Wisely Alberta are proud to sponsor Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment, an active learning workshop developed by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) that focuses on “too much medicine.” It builds on the OCFP’s popular program Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! and the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.

Endorsed by the Future of Medical Education in Canada CPD initiative, Practising Wisely is a suite of new continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers.

Certified as one of the first 3-credit-per-hour courses, attendees can receive up to 18 Group Learning credits.

3 Credits/Hour Group Learning (formerly Mainpro®–C) Workshop


Friday, April 21, 2017 – Edmonton
Doubletree Hilton Edmonton West | 16615 109 Ave NW
Register Now for Practising Wisely in Edmonton

Friday, May 12, 2017 – Calgary
Courtyard Calgary Airport | 2500 48 Ave NE
Register Now for Practising Wisely in Calgary

For more details visit Practising Wisely in Alberta.

2017 Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Drugs Guide

The ACFP is pleased to share with you the 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.

We Want to Hear From You – Please Take a Moment and Complete the Impact Assessment

We wish to hear about your experiences with and the impact the document has on your daily practice. The survey should take you ~5 minutes to complete. Questions are pertinent to the most recent year you have been using the document.


ACFP Notice of Annual Meeting of Members


ACFP Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

Dear ACFP Members,

The Annual Meeting of Members of the Alberta College of Family Physicians will take place in Banff, Alberta on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. MST in Salon A/B of The Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Voting by Proxy
Voting members who cannot attend the meeting are asked to complete the proxy form and return it to ACFP by email, mail or fax, by Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Annual Meeting of Members Package
The meeting agenda, proposed motions for Member consideration, and related materials are below:

Please feel free to contact us with questions you have about the materials/reports above.

Best regards,
Dr. John Chmelicek

Terri Potter
Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians
Phone: 780-488-2395 or 1-800-361-0607
Fax: 780-488-2396
Alberta College of Family Physicians
#370, 10403-172 Street
Centre 170
Edmonton, AB Canada T5S 1K9

Enter Our Photo Contest

The ACFP Needs Your Help!

We are building a photo library for use in our upcoming and ongoing communications and would like to use your photos from the trenches, on the front line, in your clinic, or your office. We want your photos IRL (that is in-real-life)!

Currently we are building a number of important documents and marketing communications that are in dire need of your photos.

A sample of these communications (but not limited to) are below:

  • Seniors Vision document. We are looking for patients in a clinic setting, home, office.
  • ACFP’s Strategic Framework document. We are looking for a variety of photos from pictures of members, clinic teams, patient care, and learning events.
  • ACFP’s Event Banners and Display
  • ACFP’s Website. General use for online communications

Please note that:

By submitting your photo for the contest, you are providing expressed permission to the ACFP to use your photo in ongoing and future communications and display materials, and that you have the expressed permission from your patient to include them in the photo and that they understand that their photos may appear in ACFP communications. If your photo is used in print or online communications, a photo credit will be included.

Photo considerations.

Tips for photos: please be sure that photo quality is of high resolution (300 dpi), photo lighting is appropriate, and, if known and applicable, please include the name and city/town of family physician.

Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2017

Send your photos to

CPSA – Referral Consultation Standard of Practice

More timely care is the intent of the amended Referral Consultation standard of practice, which took effect on January 1, 2017 after approval by the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) last fall.

The CPSA has also just released a new Advice to the Profession document to support physicians in implementing the standard.

CFPC Grants and Awards Deadline Approaching – February 1

Applications for the following grants and awards are due February 1, 2017. Please select the links below for more information, including how to apply:

Please visit the Honours and Awards website at for the full lineup of grants, awards, and scholarships.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Wallace
Honours and Awards Coordinator | 905-629-0900 ext. 385 | 1-800-387-6197 ext. 385

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