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The Centre for Effective Practice and the OCFP are looking for family doctors to take part in focus groups related to new clinical tools. Register with Centre for Effective Practice to indicate your interest and receive more details about teleconferences and other opportunities. Tool development expertise is not required – just an interest in improving the tools available to support your practice.


Clinical Tools and Resources for Primary Care

Osteoporosis and Falls Assessment EMR Custom Form (PS Suite) - Geriatric Education & Research in Aging Sciences and McMaster University

Based on current clinical practice guidelines, the Osteoporosis and Falls Assessment Form offers a number of features to support physicians in their decision making process during osteoporosis and fracture patients’ visits. The tool can also be used for screening patients without a previous diagnosis of osteoporosis as well as following up with patients. The Form is available for integration in the PS Suite EMR with the aim of improving osteoporosis-related care in family practice.

Accompanying this tool aresupporting resources to be used in conjunction with the Form in order to further improve osteoporosis and falls care. Supporting resources include information on Machealth.ca’s accredited osteoporosis self-learning e-module that seeks to improve the assessment and management of osteoporosis. A reference guide summarizing the 2010 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis is also included as well as contact information for Regional Integration Leads who can provide guidance on implementing the Form.


The tool was developed by the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre and McMaster University, in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Osteoporosis Canada and the Hamilton Family Health Team’s Quality Improvement Unit.


Keywords: electronic medical records, GERAS, RILs, elderly, back pain, bone mineral density, BMD, CAROC, FRAX, back, fracture risk, msk, chronic disease, Practice Solutions, PSS

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.