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Category: Opioid Response Initiative

Primary Health Care and the Opioid Crisis – 2019 Updates

The start of this year has already seen many milestones regarding the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI). The partners on this grant-funded project: The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP), Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Patients Experience Evidence Research (PEER), and Primary Care Networks, together with Alberta Health have…

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Opioid Response Initiative – One Year Later

As we approach the one year mark of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative, it is important to reflect on the incredible milestones we have achieved thus far. With regards to the urgent response, we have seen increased access to treatment and have exceeded our targets. In the past six months there were: 135…

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Practical Workshop: Identifying and Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Primary Care

The Collaborative Mentorship Networks for Chronic Pain and Addiction is travelling across the province to offer family physicians and their teams a fantastic learning opportunity.  After this free 3-hour workshop, you can immediately apply the following in your practice (with confidence): identify patients with, or at risk of, Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) engage in a…

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As a family physician, what IS the benefit of treating Opioid Use Disorder?

For patients, the evidence is clear that treating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Primary Care results in higher rates of patients retained in treatment, as well as higher rates of patients abstinent from street opioids. We know that family practice provides a trusted space where patients are most comfortable, creating the ideal environment to discuss opioid use,…

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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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Opioid Response: Take Action

Could she be your patient? It’s a typical day at the clinic and a new patient arrives without an appointment. She’s in her early 20s and behaves in an agitated fashion, but she’s polite and trying her best not to disrupt anyone else. The body language of other patients in the waiting room shows curiosity,…

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Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative: Work in Progress

The opioid crisis in Alberta continues to affect communities across the province, and all health system partners have been actively working to address this crisis. Since receiving the grant, the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) partnership (ACFP, AMA, AHS aligned with AH) has been leading the primary care response. We have been…

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Responding to the Opioid Crisis in Your Practice

  Read the full June eNews and President’s Message. Patients at risk of opioid dependency are in your practice. Let me repeat this. Patients at risk of opioid dependency are in your practice. The good news is that we can manage those risks through basic chronic disease management approaches. The reality is that we will…

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Opioid Response Grant Announced

Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative Alberta has dedicated $56 million towards urgent actions to address the opioid crisis, including $30 million dedicated to recommendations made by the Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission. Of the $30 million, $9.5 million provincial grant (over three years) has been established for primary health care. The grant will support…

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