About Tools for Practice
Proudly sponsored by ACFP, Tools for Practice is a valuable service for our members. The biweekly articles summarize medical evidence on a clinical question with a focus on information that can modify your day to day practice.
Articles are reviewed for current evidence and updated on a two- to three-year cycle.
Free From Industry
TFP content is developed free of industry bias and is based on the best available evidence. Each article is peer-reviewed, ensuring it maintains a high standard of quality, accuracy, and academic integrity. Family physicians that consult the TFP resource can be assured that they are accessing a wealth of established, verified knowledge.
Tools for Practice is coordinated by Dr. G. Michael Allan (Mike), Associate Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Allan is a highly respected practitioner and educator. He has been a popular and recurring speaker at the College’s Annual Scientific Assemblies, and has agreed to share his knowledge and experience with colleagues through Tools for Practice.
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The Making of Tools for Practice
Authors for each article must include at least one practising family physician (for a primary care focus). Other authors have included medical/pharmacy students, specialists (general internal medicine, geriatrics, endocrinology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, neurology, and pulmonology), pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.
|G. Michael Allan||Elfrieda Cross||Kevin Haley||Michael R. Kolber||James McCormack||Ginetta Salvalaggio||Geetika Verma|
|Bruce Arroll||Riley Davidson||Megan Harbin||Sudha Koppula||Rita McCracken||Cathy Scrimshaw||Adil Virani|
|Hoan Linh Banh||Cathy Dewaal||Kathleen Hegan||Christina Korownyk||Daniel McKennitt||Arya Sharma||Robert Webster|
|Arden Barry||Irfan Dhalla||Braiden Hellec||Darren Lau||Andries Muller||Yvonne Shevchuk||Edward Wiebe|
|Ken Basset||Shweta Dhawan||Darryl Huang||Constance Lebrun||Tony Nickonchuk||Ron Shute||Erin Wilson|
|Daniele Behn-Smith||Charl Els||Emma Huang||Michelle Levy||Lindsay Nicolle||James L. Silvius||Clarence Wong|
|Alma Bencivenga||Dean Eurich||Noah Ivers||Adrienne J Lindblad||Chris Novak||Mayank Singal||Tina Yokota|
|Jill Blaser||Jonathan Ference||Jeff Jamieson||Tafi Madzimure||Raj Padwal||Richard Spooner||Jennifer P. Young|
|Kirti Brar||Loretta Fiorillo||Fred Janke||Ken Makus||Michael Pierse||Clark Svrcek||Kelly Zarnke|
|Emelie Braschi||Sarah Forgie||Anu Joneja||Laurie Mallery||Daniel Rainkie||Ian Taylor|
|Tammy Bungard||Lisa Freeman||Michael Kapusta||Marco Mannarino||Loren Regier||Brianne Tetz|
|Jenny Carbon||Scott Garrison||Adam Keough||Candy Marcet||Jacques Romney||Ricky D. Turgeon|
|John Chmelicek||Grenvil Gracias||Sheny Khera||Frank Martino||David Ross||Robert Turnbull|
|Candra Cotton||Cian Hackett||Doug Klein||Mark McConnell||Cheryl Sadowski||Robert Turner|
All questions must be focused and clear and the topics must have a broad or large application to clinical practice. Topics are selected by a variety of mechanisms including recent issues in the news (e.g. CCSVI surgery for MS), emerging evidence (e.g. cardiovascular risks of calcium), new products with primary care impact (e.g. Dabigatran), topics written in by readers (e.g. association of autism and MMR vaccine), external topic selected by potential author (e.g. high-dose statin), questions from CME meetings (e.g. VT risk with hormonal contraception), where guideline recommendation deviates from the evidence (e.g. frequency of bone mineral density testing), or where standards of care have lagged behind current evidence (e.g. ibuprofen vs acetaminophen for pediatric fever).