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The Role of Family Physicians’ in the COVID Vaccine Rollout

The recent ACFP survey of its members regarding the willingness and capacity of primary care to support the vaccine rollout garnered over 1,200 members’ responses. Based on your feedback, the ACFP will be advocating for the integral role of family physicians as partners in the pandemic response. The following letter will be sent to our government,…

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Message From the President – December 2020

As we bring 2020 to a close, it is important to reflect on the year we have personally and collectively experienced. I know many may want to put the year in the past. The year has brought forward a number of challenges, from the government terminating our master agreement, to various implications of legislation and…

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Happy Holidays From the ACFP!

Read Full eNews To Our Members, On behalf of the ACFP Staff, we wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season! Please enjoy our holiday poem! Warm wishes, The ACFP Staff

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A ParksRx for Wellness – For Patients, and Yourself

By Clark Svrcek, MD, CCFP, P.Eng., M.Eng. I have a disclosure to make, and this may or may not surprise you: I’m a nature nut.  I love being outdoors.  I tire of doctoring inside and in front of a screen for these past 90 – I mean, 9 – months.  I watch my kids explore…

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Important Changes to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Members

Read Full eNews Hello ACFP Members, In 2021, the Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Electronic voting will also be introduced. With these virtual opportunities, we are expecting that more of our members will be able to participate.  Changes to 2021 AMMHistorically, the AMM has been held in early…

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September Message from the Executive Director – The Heart of Family Medicine

Read Full eNews Dear members, Since the heartfelt discussions at the 2020 Family Medicine Summit, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) has been hard at work building a campaign that is rooted in our organizational pillars with a primary focus on the unique, trusted relationship between family physician and patient. We knew we needed…

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Back to School Resources – COVID-19

Preparing for back to school is going to look a little different this fall. A great resource, co-written by Family Physician Dana Abenstein and Educator Darren Abenstein “Helping Your Family Prepare for Return to School” is available for you and your family as you navigate our new normal. Dr. Dana Abenstein also has a complementary blog…

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TFP #267 – Serology, Serology: How Accurate and Prevalent Art Thou?

Clinical Question:  What is the role of serology testing in the COVID-19 pandemic? Bottom Line:  IgM and IgG antibodies may reveal an individual’s recent (after ~2 weeks) exposure to COVID-19. How long serology remains positive and whether antibodies confer immunity to subsequent infection is unknown. Many different tests exist, each with different accuracy. Current evidence…

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COVID-19 CME Reviews

By Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw 1. Primary Care COVID-19 Pathway Explainedhttps://www.specialistlink.ca/files/RW_COVID_V6.pdf This webinar series is from the Calgary PCN’s group and covered several topics including a public health update, mental health advice, and tools as well as presentation of the primary care pathway for COVID-19 care. Physicians presented the primary care pathway for patients with COVID-19…

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What Made the Difference in Canada’s Worst COVID-19 Outbreak?

By Dr. Adam Vyse, the Calgary Zone PCN, and the Calgary Rural PCN In April 2020, the Cargill Foods meat packing plant was the epicentre of one of North America’s single largest outbreaks of COVID-19. With 2,000 employees, 932 were confirmed positive, with one-third living in and around High River, a town of 13,000 just…

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TFP #261 – Antivirals for COVID-19

Clinical Question: Do treatments such as remdesivir or other anti-virals change patient outcomes in COVID-19 patients? Bottom Line: To date, published RCTs have not demonstrated benefit of treating COVID-19 patients with remdesivir, lopinavir-ritonavir or oseltamivir.  There are signals of potential benefits from one interim analysis of remdesivir and non-statistically different results, but more research is needed. Full publication of studies…

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TFP #259 – Unmasking the evidence around masks for healthcare workers

Clinical Question: Is there a difference between mask types in preventing viral respiratory infections for healthcare workers? Bottom Line: In healthcare workers; Surgical masks and respirators (N95) appear to provide similar protection against viral infections, with N95 masks having slightly lower, but not statistically different, infection rates in the wearer (~1-2%).  Cloth masks are less effective than…

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