A Plan to Move Forward

Reading time: 4 minutes To help organizations develop policies that meet the needs of patients and health-care professionals, a team of researchers put forward recommendations to respond to biased patients.

Virtual Care

Reading time: 3 minutes As patients and physicians try to find new footing in a post-pandemic world, a new draft policy specifically providing guidance on virtual care is ready for consultation.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Reading time: 3 minutes A policy regulating the use of complementary or alternative medicine states the higher the potential risk to the patient for a particular treatment, the higher the level of evidence required.

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.

Treating Patient Bias

Reading time: 16 minutes CPSO’s mandate is to regulate physicians in the public interest, but there are good reasons within our role as an advocate for quality patient care to be concerned when patients target physicians with abuse.

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.

The Launch of the Discipline Tribunal

Reading time: 5 minutes Effective September 1, 2021, the CPSO Discipline Committee became the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal (OPSDT) — a move that better signals its neutrality and independence from the College.

A Generalist at Heart

Reading time: 6 minutes We recognize Ottawa’s Dr. Elizabeth Shouldice with a Council Award for her extraordinary work in helping her patients who suffer an addiction to opioids and those she cares for in the emergency department.

A “Guideline of Guidelines”

Reading time: 5 minutes CAMH led an initiative that synthesized key recommendations for treating and managing Opioid Use Disorder from existing standards, guidelines, expert opinions and best practices across Canada.

Responding to Risks Posed by Illegal Street Supply

Reading time: 3 minutes New guidance is available for physicians working with a population who have higher levels of tolerance to opioids, which could help patients better manage their withdrawal, prevent cravings and reduce the risk of overdose.

ER Toolkit for Initiating Buprenorphine

Reading time: 3 minutes A group of addiction medicine experts developed a toolkit to support emergency medicine physicians in initiating buprenorphine to high-risk patients, increasing their chances of continuing treatment after discharge.

Minimizing Misdiagnoses

Reading time: 4 minutes Arriving at the correct diagnosis while contending with numerous complicating factors can be challenging. But maintaining situational awareness is critical, a CMPA educational session was told.