Physician Prescribing Practices Program
P4 takes a quality improvement approach to prescribing that includes collaboration between physicians, College staff and others with expertise in prescribing practices.
Clinical Tools & Resources
- Universal Precautions in Pain Medicine: A Rational Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Pain Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRC. 2005
- Pharmacotherapy of Chronic Pain: A review – ME Lynch, CPN Watson. 2006;11(1):11-38
Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
- Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP)
- Clinical Summary for Family Physicians Part 1: General Population
- Opioid Manager
- Opioid Manager for EMR Platforms – National Pain Centre
- How to use the Opioid Manager – McMaster University
- Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Using the Canadian Guideline in Your Practice (MDcme.ca course, free, up to 3 credits)
- Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CAMH course)
- Opioid Analgesics – Risky Drugs, Not Risky Patients
PHYSICIANS seeking advice on the management of particular pain patients in their care may use this form to request a telephone consultation with a pain specialist from the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University of Alberta.
- Register: Online CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (Alberta version), email email@example.com
- Methadone Program
- Buprenorphine Prescribing
- Opioid Dependence Treatment Clinics in Alberta – PATIENTS seeking information about methadone treatment in Alberta, contact a clinic directly. The College cannot provide a list of physicians who prescribe specific medications.
- Marihuana for Medical Purposes standard of practice
- Advice to the Profession
- Patient Medical Document: Information Alberta physicians must collect from a patient seeking marihuana for medical purposes
- College of Family Physicians of Canada Preliminary Guidance document: Authorizing Dried Cannabis for Chronic Pain or Anxiety
PATIENTS seeking information about treatment with marihuana for medical purposes in Alberta: Talk to your family physician. The College cannot provide a list of physicians who prescribe specific medications.
- Do you know what you’re signing? (11/11/2015)
- Medical Resident Prescribing: Do you know your limits? (10/8/2015)
- Clarification – benzodiazepine prescribing (8/13/2015)
Optimized Prescribing With Seniors