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The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis

Tools and Supports for Primary Care In 2017, the ACFP with their collaboration with the PEER group, published three Tools for Practice articles. #199 Missing “High” Quality Evidence: Medical Cannabinoids for Pain? – Clinical Question: Are medical cannabinoids (MC) effective for the treatment of pain? Author(s): G. Michael Allan, Caitlin R. Finley, Robert Hauptman, Nathan…

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Enhancements to Engage Primary Care, ACFP’s Leader Registry

Alberta’s health care system is constantly evolving and primary care is being asked more and more to provide advice and input on these changes. To ensure the voice of family physicians is heard when these requests come in, we have created the Engage Primary Care portal–a way to link requesters to those physicians who want…

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Earn up to 70 certified credits with the new and improved GoMainpro!

If you have not yet signed up for GoMainpro, you are missing out on the ACFP’s best kept secret. GoMainpro is an online learning platform where you can earn certified credits for ACFP’s Tools for Practice library and ACFP’s Video Library from its past events—61st Annual Scientific Assembly and Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conferences….

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Prevention in Hand

The Prevention in Hand (PiH) website has an attractive new interface that is also highly functional and easy to navigate. With generous support from Scotiabank and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM), the Prevention in Hand website and mobile app were updated in 2017. Prevention in Hand website has garnered an impressive 61,000 active…

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Free Self Learning™ Resource—Focus On: Opioids

The CFPC is a proud supporter of Opioid Wisely, a Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign that encourages thoughtful conversations between clinicians and patients to reduce the potential harms associated with opioid prescribing. With the recent launch of this campaign, the CFPC wishes to remind members of their free online access to Focus On: Opioids, a special issue of…

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CanMEDS-Family Medicine Competency Framework 2017

CanMEDS-FM 2017 is a competency framework designed for all family physicians regardless of practice type, location, or populations served. Together with the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) Family Medicine Professional Profile, it forms an overall picture of the roles and responsibilities of Canadian family physicians along with the competencies required to support their…

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Best Advice Guide: Team-Based Care in the Patient`s Medical Home

Team-based care is an integral part of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) model. The continuous, comprehensive, patient-centred care provided by these family practices is made even more effective by building a strong, well-connected team that strives for the same goal. This guide examines the benefits of team-based care for both practice efficiency and patients’ health…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Who’s Who in Alberta’s Health Care

Understanding Who’s Who in Alberta’s Health Care Understanding the different roles that health care organizations have in Alberta’s health care system can be daunting. Each organization plays a significant role in a family physician’s career. Here’s a quick tour around the organization and association landscape, and the ACFP’s role within it.

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