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Navigating Dual Relationships

Reading time: 3 minutes Boundary violations can arise within what is often referred to as dual relationships, with physicians providing professional services to patients as well as sharing social and/or business interests.

Coming Back

Reading time: 5 minutes We talk to Council member Dr. Michael Franklyn about his journey of recovery after suffering a devastating stroke.

A Deeper Look into Our Complaints Data

Reading time: 7 minutes Over the next several issues of Dialogue, we take a closer look at our recent data to provide you with a window into the type of issues that come before the ICRC. We begin the series by profiling Clinical Communications.

Creating a Welcoming Space

Reading time: 5 minutes When it comes to patients identifying as sexual and gender minorities, what does a welcoming clinical environment look like? We provide some suggestions.

Encouraging Candour

Reading time: 6 minutes It can be hard to get patients – or anyone – to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth 100% of the time. Maybe the goal should simply be to make it a little easier to do so most of the time. We discuss how in this installment of Doc Talk.

Phishing

Reading time: 4 minutes Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is warning physicians and their staff members to be aware of the threat posed by phishing emails designed to attack their computer systems.

Helping You Apply the College’s Continuity of Care Expectations

Reading time: 6 minutes Given the significance of our recently approved Continuity of Care policies, and our commitment to support you as you provide care to your patients, we’re following up with a feature dedicated to answering your questions about the policies.

Q&A: A Champion for Quality Care (audio clip)

Reading time: 6 minutes At the December meeting of Council, Dr. Brenda Copps, a Hamilton family physician, became the new President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. We find out more about Dr. Copps in a Q&A.

Discussions About Opioid Risks, Benefits Emphasized in Policy

Reading time: 3 minutes The Prescribing Drugs policy sets out the College’s expectations for physicians when prescribing drugs or providing drug samples to patients

Disclosing Harm

Reading time: 3 minutes The Disclosure of Harm policy articulates the College’s expectations of physicians for informing patients when harm — or potential harm — is sustained in the course of receiving health care.

Respecting Patient Autonomy

Reading time: 4 minutes The recently approved Boundary Violations policy articulates a new expectation and clarifies several others for the purpose of ensuring the dignity, privacy and autonomy of patients during examinations.

The Safety Risks Posed by Restraints

Reading time: 3 minutes An expert committee of the Chief Coroner’s Office highlights the safety risks posed by restraints.