Trevor’s Take On: Physician Responsibility

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A recurring problem I hear from physicians is the inability to access consultation. How do we fix this problem? Recently I heard from a rural family physician who, it seemed, had reached the end of his tether and was looking for somebody to take seriously his concerns and, hope being eternal, to help address the problem. He expressed enormous frustration …

Trevor’s Take On: Professional Etiquette & Referral Consultation

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Merriam-Webster defines etiquette as “the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave”. Others define it as “the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group”. So what is professional etiquette when it comes to the referral-consultation process? As in many parts of life, the Golden Rule offers good advice: How …

Trevor’s Take On: Alberta Health review of PCNs

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Autonomy without accountability is a recipe for poor quality and high costs. -Steven Lewis With a little fanfare, and focus on spending irregularities, Alberta Health released its review of PCNs in early July. In my view, the report identifies – but fails to emphasize – some other important findings. Primary Care Networks have been in existence for about a decade. …

Trevor’s Take On: Medical Assistance in Dying and Opioid Prescribing

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Medical Assistance in Dying The suspense around Bill C-14 is over. The Criminal Code has been amended to allow for medical assistance in dying (MAID). Physicians should familiarize themselves with the law and with the College’s MAID Standard of Practice, a new standard just approved by Council in May. Our homepage offers easy navigation to relevant materials from AHS and …