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.

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.

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.

Seropositive Physicians and Exposure Prone Procedures

Reading time: 2 minutes The College has clarified its requirements for physicians infected with a blood borne virus who perform or assist with exposure prone procedures.

eConsult Allows Doctors to Tap into Prompt Advice from Specialists

Reading time: 4 minutes The Ontario eConsult Program enables requesting primary health care providers to ask clinical questions to a specialist electronically and receive a response within days, often eliminating the need for an in-person patient.

Filling a Gap in Opioid Education

Reading time: 5 minutes Helping clinicians acquire the skills to improve pain and opioid management is a priority. The University of Toronto and McMaster programs show that the right e-Learning offers an effective prescription for progress.

Succession Planning will Help Prevent Abandoned Records

Reading time: 2 minutes The Information and Privacy Commissioner has set out some steps to help health-care custodians keep the health information of their patients private and safe.

When your Rostered Patient Seeks Care Elsewhere

Reading time: 2 minutes Has your rostered patient sought care elsewhere? It can be frustrating, but don’t react in anger. Instead communicate with your patient to ensure that they understand the obligations within a rostered relationship.

One Issue Per Visit Strategy Could Pose a Safety Risk

Reading time: 3 minutes Restricting your patient to addressing one-issue per visit can pose a risk. It requires patients to triage their own health issues – something many patients are not capable of doing.

Communication Lessons from a TV Doctor

Reading time: 5 minutes The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science has developed a series of workshops and programs taught at medical schools.

Approval of Premises Needed Before Services Provided to Patients

Reading time: 3 minutes Physicians are reminded that they can only perform procedures using certain types of anesthesia, including nerve blocks, in a non-hospital site if the premises has first been approved by the College.

For Smart Medicine, Choose Wisely

Reading time: 4 minutes Many tests, treatments and procedures may be unnecessary. Open dialogues with patients never are. Discuss with your patients why a particular test might not be in their best interest.