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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.

Links and resources

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain is available online at
http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/18/E659
http://nationalpaincentre.mcmaster.ca/guidelines.html

The guideline is also available at https://www.magicapp.org/canadianopioidGL
This is an interactive, dynamic website and mobile app, that features decision aids and facilitates decision making between patients and providers.

ACFP has also created an Opioid Management page that contains many helpful resources.

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

PRACTISING WISELY: REDUCING UNNECESSARY TESTING AND TREATMENT

PROGRAM DATES:
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

Governance

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
President

Terri Potter
Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians

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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 info@acfp.ca

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 www.cfpc.ca/awards for the full lineup of grants, awards, and scholarships.

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

LeadFM – Leadership for Where You Are

Don’t Miss Alberta’s Family Medicine Leadership Conference, LeadFM!

Join us on March 2 at the Rimrock Resort in Banff for LeadFM, Leadership for Where You Are. LeadFM will provide a full day of sessions intended to introduce physicians to the tools they need to lead work in their clinic, community, Primary Care Network, or throughout the province.

Program Highlights

Keynotes:

  • Family Medicine Leadership, Dr. Douglas Myhre, 2016 recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Donald I. Rice Award
  • From Front-Lines to Front Office: Making Primary Care the Primary Leaders in Health, Drs. Mike Allan and Tina Korownyk

Choose between five different workshops:

  • How to Get Your Primary Care Measurement Project Off the Ground
  • The Art of Engagement: Becoming a Change Champion
  • Let’s Go to the Moon: Keeping the Goal in Sight Throughout PCN Evolution
  • The Building Blocks of Successful Coalitions
  • Leading Primary Care Transformation in an Uncertain Environment

Registration Discount

As an added bonus, when you register for this conference, you will get a code for $50 off your registration at the ACFP’s 62nd Annual Scientific Assembly happening March 3-5th at the same location!

A Small Part of a Larger Program

The concurrent sessions presented at this conference are all small teasers of full-day programs that have been developed to advance the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home.

If you are interested in having one of our programs delivered to your group, please contact our Leadership Coordinator, Adam Filiatreault, at adam.filiatreault@acfp.ca or by phone at (780) 488-2395 ext. 209.

CFPC Launches Poverty Tool for Primary Care Providers

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), eight of its provincial Chapters, and the territories, in collaboration with the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP), launched a new resource called Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers to help family physicians identify patients who may suffer health issues as a result of living in poverty.

Individualized for Alberta

The Poverty tool is:

This clinical tool offers specific resources to help health care providers screen for and respond to poverty concerns in patient encounters, particularly when caring for underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations. Social determinants of health, such as poverty, play a major role in patients’ health outcomes. The CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) have joined forces to expand and disseminate an Ontario poverty tool, which the CEP developed with clinical leadership from Dr Gary Bloch, to raise awareness among family physicians and other health professionals of how poverty affects their patients.

Thank You for Attending the 62nd ASA – March 3-5, 2017!

ACFP’s ASA: Education for Family Docs by Family Docs!

Thank You for Attending the 62nd ASA! Complete Your Evaluations!

Thank you for attending the 62nd ASA! We hope you have had a great CPD experience, reconnecting with old friends and colleagues and taking away relevant learning pearls to apply in your practices.

 

Fill Out Your Evaluation for a Chance to WIN!
If you have not yet completed your session evaluations please do so by using the links below. Your feedback is invaluable to our staff and ASA Planning Committee when planning future ASAs. With each daily evaluation you fill out, your name will be entered in a draw for a chance to win one of 10 prizes: $250 Visa card (one available); $100 Visa card (two available); and a $25 gourmet coffee card (seven available).

Friday Evaluation | Saturday Evaluation | Sunday Evaluation

 

Certification Information.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 12.50 Mainpro+ credits.

Please note that Direct Credit Entry is no longer available.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued by email following the ASA. Remember to check your email Junk folder to ensure the message was not delivered to that folder. Report your credits earned through the CFPC’s online reporting portal, as per the sessions you attended at the ASA. Credit allotment is 1 credit per 1 hour of learning, to a maximum of 12.5 credits.

Note: Group Learning Level 2 (2 credits per hour Group Learning) and Ancillary Session credits are separate from ASA credits. Certificates of Attendance for those programs are distributed by the provider. Also expect to receive a link to 62nd ASA presentations and handouts from those speakers who have agreed to share their materials.

 

Earn additional credits

If you would like to earn additional credits, complete a Linking Learning to Practice activity. Visit http://www.cfpc.ca/Linking_Learning_exercises/ for more details.

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