How can physicians hold themselves & their colleagues accountable to ensure the new referral consultation requirements are met?

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Designing Quality, Designing Quality Blog 79 Comments

The College often hears concerns from both sides of the referral-consultation process. We hear from referring physicians that consulting physicians can be difficult to access or can refuse to see certain conditions within their scope. We hear from consulting physicians that referring physicians can provide insufficient detail or clarity, or don’t complete proper examinations of their patients before requesting the …

Will the new CDC guidelines for opioid prescribing be helpful in changing your prescribing practice?

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Designing Quality, Designing Quality Blog 14 Comments

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued guidelines that reduce limits to appropriate and safe opioid prescribing for chronic pain patients. While awaiting the updated Canadian guidelines, College Council endorsed the CDC guidelines in May, signaling a fundamental change in thinking. Evidence shows us that long-term use of opioids to treat chronic pain may not be as effective as …