Calgary Zone: Do you want assistance responding to the opioid crisis? Contact Us!

November 28, 2019

To provide all members assistance with opioids, we have formed a collaboration with zonal improvement personnel. In addition, our PMH team completed two different opioid training programs in November.

If you are interested in receiving support or training to manage opioid use in your practice, please contact your Physician Liaison or Member Services & Engagement.

Opioid framework support

Enhanced and Comprehensive members interested in implementing any or all  of the three frameworks developed as part of the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHCORI) can make that work a goal with their PMH team at any time.

All Patient Medical Home team members have completed training on the frameworks, which provided practical information on how each role can support a physician in identifying, initiating, or managing patient opioid use.

If a Standard member is interested in implementing one of the frameworks, they are encouraged to contact their Physician Liaison to be connected with improvement personnel hired by the zone specifically for the opioid response.

All three frameworks can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) training and education

Family physicians are in the best position to help patients with opioid use disorder through OAT, and we have supported 49 members with funding from the PHCORI to reimburse their time.

Opioid-dependent patients who receive OAT in a primary care setting instead of a specialized treatment facility are more likely to remain in treatment, with results showing an additional one in six patients remaining in treatment over 42 weeks. Additionally, twice as many patients report being very satisfied with their care, according to the Alberta College of Family Physicians. 

The majority of CWC PCN clinical staff are in the process of completing mandatory online OAT training by the end of the year.

About the PHCORI

The engagement and response of primary care physicians and their teams is essential in defining new approaches to address the opioid crisis and the issues that contribute to it.

The Alberta College of Family Physicians, the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health Services and all PCNs, together with Alberta Health, are aligned to lead this essential work via the PHCORI.

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