A Struggling System

Reading time: 2 minutes Delayed and missed health care may have contributed to more than 4,000 excess deaths not related to COVID-19 between August and December 2020, states a CMA report.

Vaccine Hesitancy

Reading time: 6 minutes Physicians remain the most trusted source of vaccine information. So, they have a unique role in helping their patients get vaccinated, says Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Your Unvaccinated Patients

Reading time: 3 minutes CPSO reminds physicians that patients cannot be denied access to in-person care if they are unvaccinated or don’t have a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

COVID-19 Exemption Requests

Reading time: 2 minutes Patients may ask you to write notes or complete forms exempting them from wearing a mask, returning to work in-person or getting vaccinated. We provide some advice on how to handle these requests.

Post-Pandemic Care

Reading time: 6 minutes What should post-pandemic health care look like? More virtual care and greater equity were some of the hopes shared by health-care experts at the Choosing Wisely National meeting.

A Pandemic Silver Lining

Reading time: 3 minutes If the pandemic has a silver lining, it’s the opportunity it presents to get rid of low value care, an audience at the Choosing Wisely National Meeting heard.

Vaccine Hesitant Patients

Reading time: 3 minutes Doctors are a trusted source of information for their patients. A conversation that answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines could be enough to encourage a vaccine hesitant patient to get their shot.

Pandemic-induced Mental Health Distress

Reading time: 5 minutes Given the upheaval the pandemic caused in the lives of so many, even patients with no history of serious episodes of mental distress could be experiencing them now. 

Safe Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines

Reading time: 5 minutes The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a bulletin sharing a number of leading practices that facilitate the safe administration of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Update on OntarioMD’s Notification System

Reading time: < 1 minute OntarioMD listened to physician feedback that its Health Report Manager tool was sending too many notifications about the availability of COVID-19 test results to physicians’ EMR inboxes.

A Moment for Profound Appreciation

Reading time: 2 minutes Dr. Brenda Copps, a Hamilton family physician and the College’s new President, sends a message of thanks to the profession for all their sacrifices.

CPSO Supports Physicians During COVID-19

Reading time: 2 minutes The College has a policy — Public Health Emergencies — that articulates expectations for physicians during events such as COVID-19.