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Category: Doc Blog

Treating Chronic Pain…Who you gonna call?

As family physicians we really do see everything when it comes to our patients.  From prenatal to palliative care, our patients trust that we will help them through all their medical complexities.  In turn, we put pressure on ourselves and our teams to meet their expectations. A couple of months ago my colleague, the shared…

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Making “Cents” of Travel Vaccines

Oral Cholera Vaccine for Traveler’s Diarrhea Prophylaxis While we might be through the worst of winter, many Albertans still have vacations planned for the upcoming months. What do you do when patients ask what vaccines they should get prior to traveling, and should you recommend the oral cholera vaccine to prevent traveler’s diarrhea? Though diarrhea…

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Motivating Patients to Move—What can you do?

Many people look at the new year as a chance to reset their behaviours by making health-oriented resolutions. A quick look at Google Trends shows marked increases in search terms like “get fit” and “lose weight” around January 1. With patients already motivated to get up and get moving, how do you encourage their continued…

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August – Message From the President

Read the full August eNews & President’s Message. Advanced Care Planning – A Personal Perspective Having an advanced care plan easily available to any health care professional—be it home care nurses, paramedics with EMS or nurses on an active care unit in hospital—is very useful. In our own clinic, we discuss a personal directive with…

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Ankle Swelling in the Summer?

Seasonality of Ankle Swelling Population Symptom Reporting Using Google Trends You might expect to see an increase in sprains, strains, and fractures in the winter when patients are navigating icy sidewalks and shoveling loads of snow. What problems cross our path more in summer? In my practice, complaints of ankle swelling are more common in…

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Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Primary Care

Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) introduces a new clinical practice guideline (CPG): Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Primary Care. By removing lipid targets and associated monitoring of lipid levels, as well as other streamlining measures, the management of lipids and cardiovascular disease risk has been significantly simplified. Additionally, by targeting risk, clinicians can…

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Welcome to the Doc Blog

Physician-Led Practice Improvement This blog is managed by the ACFP and aims to share with you relevant topics of discussion, information, and stories and experiences. Contributions are driven by your peers and physician-led. This recent post includes additions from the Communications Committee. The main motivation is to aggregate interesting and relevant articles that will save…

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