A PROactive approach to physician wellness

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What is PROactive? Established in 2018, PROactive is an alliance of Alberta’s healthcare partners designed to collaboratively and collectively support physicians and learners, to advance physician wellness while addressing disruptive physician behaviour. Why PROactive? Despite the best efforts of each individual PROactive partner, the initial research conducted told us that healthcare professionals have reported feelings of disenchantment and burnout, and …

Helping patients who need doctors the most

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To Dr. Allan McDonald, responsible opioid prescribing means being responsible to the patient, to the community and to yourself. “It’s your responsibility to help treat these people, even though it can be very difficult and time-consuming,” says Dr. McDonald, a family physician at the Associate Medical Clinic in St. Albert. “Any physician who has a practice has to prescribe all …

Are you up to standard? Terminating the physician-patient relationship

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As highlighted in last month’s Messenger, misinformation about CPSA’s prescribing expectations has seen some chronic pain patients discharged by their primary care physicians, putting these patients’ lives at risk. Neither complexity of care, uncertainty around knowing what to do, nor fear of causing harm relieves physicians of their obligations to comply with the Standards of Practice , Code of Ethics …

Alternative and emerging therapies and the role of CPSA

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Research conducted by the Fraser Institute shows that Canadians’ attitudes towards complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have changed a lot over the past 20 years. According to their 2017 report, a 2016 survey found 79 per cent of Canadians reported using at least one of these therapies sometime in their lives. Most interestingly, the majority of people who used CAM …