Discrimination has no place in medicine

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Two weeks ago, when I originally wrote this article for the July Messenger, I intended to address the concerns we all feel about systemic racism and discrimination in health care. Since that time, CBC has written two stories about an incident in Grande Prairie. Regardless of the timing, I’d still like to share my thoughts on how all of us …

July Messenger 2020

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Medical Matters Nominations for the 2020 Council Election Consultation 018: we want to hear from you! Connect Care planning resumes with new timelines and sequence A case of multiple prescribers for baclofen: Supporting the patient and following the standards of practice Dr. Seyara Shwetz: resident and “wellness champion” Delivering bad news in a new physician/patient environment Professional Conduct reports Optimized …

A case of multiple prescribers for baclofen

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Messenger

Introduction Baclofen is a skeletal muscle relaxant indicated for use in spasticity. By acting on pre-and post-synaptic gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-B receptors, baclofen causes membrane hyperpolarization and inhibits excitatory neurotransmitter release1. Off-label uses include management of chronic hiccups and treatment of muscle spasm and musculoskeletal pain (with use generally recommended only intermittently). Another off-label use is in the treatment of alcohol …