OCFP Clinical Tools and Resources Directory

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Antimicrobial Resistance

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Cancer:  Care and Prevention

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Care of the Elderly

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  • Antipsychotics and Dementia Discussion Guides - Centre for Effective Practice

    The Centre for Effective Practice developed three discussion guides to promote a better understanding of best practices for assessing and managing patients with dementia; with a particular focus on the use of antipsychotics. Published on TheWell, the discussion guides include information to assist both healthcare providers and caregivers in discussing the symptoms of dementia, weighing the benefits and harms of antipsychotics and initiating drug therapy.




  • Dementia Resources from Around the World - Baycrest Centre

    This webpage provides access to a broad range of web resources on dementia. It is designed for both individuals experiencing symptoms of dementia and their caregivers. The selected websites have been evaluated to ensure they provide reliable and valid information on Dementia, and include information on risk factors, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, strategies to cope with daily life challenges and available support groups. The information is available in multiple formats (i.e. video, PDF, pamphlets, games) to make it accessible to everyone.



  • Medstopper - University of British Columbia

    Medstopper is a deprescribing tool for physicians. It and was developed as a result of collaboration by a number of Canada’s experts. This tool is funded by a Knowledge Translation grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Information and is administered through the University of British Columbia.



  • Statins and the Elderly: The Who, What and When? - Alberta College of Family Physicians

    Sponsored by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Tools for Practice provides evidence-based answers to clinical questions. This specific tool considers which elderly patients should be offered which type of statin for cardiovascular disease prevention.



  • The Reality of Caring - Health Quality Ontario

    The Reality of Caring report examines caregiver distress in relation to long-stay home care patients in Ontario.



Choosing Wisely Canada

CWC is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

Visit Choosing Wisely Canada's website for healthcare professionals or the Choosing Wisely patient website for all their materials. Tools and resources of particular relevance for primary care are listed below.

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Chronic Disease Management

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Deprescribing

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  • Antimicrobial Resistance: A Public Health Threat - Public Health Ontario

    Public Health Ontario has developed an interactive web report regarding antimicrobial resistance with information ranging from the scope of the problem to the populations at risk. Public Health Ontario has also launched an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program that includes a number of resources to assist physicians in addressing this issue.



  • Bye-Bye, PPI - Choosing Wisely Canada

    Prepared by Choosing Wisely Canada, this toolkit helps physicians when implementing interventions to reduce the long-term prescription of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The toolkit also has links to external resources for patients to refer to in order to learn more about PPIs and life-style changes that can prevent heartburn (found on page 12).



  • Medstopper - University of British Columbia

    Medstopper is a deprescribing tool for physicians. It and was developed as a result of collaboration by a number of Canada’s experts. This tool is funded by a Knowledge Translation grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Information and is administered through the University of British Columbia.



  • Opioid Manager 2017 - Centre for Effective Practice

    The Opioid Manager is designed to support primary care providers manager opioid prescriptions for patients who experience chronic non-cancer points. The tools reflect feedback from healthcare providers and the recommendations from the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.



  • PPI Deprescribing - RxFiles

    Developed by Rx Files, this resource serves as an aid to physicians who are stopping or reducing the dosage of PPIs in a patient who does not need life-long treatment.



  • Statins and the Elderly: The Who, What and When? - Alberta College of Family Physicians

    Sponsored by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Tools for Practice provides evidence-based answers to clinical questions. This specific tool considers which elderly patients should be offered which type of statin for cardiovascular disease prevention.



  • Stopping your Proton Pump Inhibitor or “PPI” - RxFiles

    Adapted by RxFiles, this resource provides information for patients who are considering stopping their PPI usage. Information in this resource includes when patients should stop using PPIs, when patients should continue using PPIs and a 4-step strategy for stopping PPI use. Also included are tips for coping with heartburn and reflux disease.




Early Literacy Resources

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Environmental Health

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Infant and Child Health

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LGBTQ Health

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Medical Assistance in Dying

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  • MAID Resource Guide - Centre for Effective Practice

    A resource guide based on the CPSO's Policy #4-16 is now available to assist you in your practice. The new resource maps out what clinicians need to do from the first point of inquiry, to assessment of patient eligibility, to the actual provision of medical assistance in dying. It includes a checklist to ensure all steps are properly documented, and it includes useful links to other websites and background information. Also included is clarification on the point at which clinicians must refer a patient requesting medical assistance in dying if the clinician themselves is not comfortable in providing the service.



  • Medical Assistance in Dying Resources

    The OCFP has compiled a list of resources related to MAID to assist you in your practice.



Mike Evans: Whiteboard Health Videos

Dr. Mike Evans works to bring the best evidence-based health information to both patients and physicians through his popular whiteboard talks.

Visit the Evans Health Lab website to see the complete collection of these resources for doctors and patients.

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Musculoskeletal Health

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: Clinician Resources

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Opioid Management

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Pain Management

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Patient Information Resources

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Practice Improvement / Quality Improvement

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Practice Management

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Prevention and Screening

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Refugee Resettlement

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Treating Poverty/Social Determinants of Health

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Women's Health

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The Clinical Tools and Resources listing links primary care providers with information that may aid in their clinical decision making. In most cases, these resources are created by third parties. The Ontario College of Family Physicians accepts no responsibility for the use or misuse of any of the information provided. Users are required to use their own clinical judgement when dealing with the individual patient.

The OCFP has attempted to provide up-to-date materials for clinician use while recognizing that the rapid evolution of materials may result in the information provided becoming outdated. Users are encouraged to consult the original sources for updated versions as they become available and for further information about the individual resource, its terms of use and limitations. Inclusion in the listing does not indicate endorsement by the OCFP.