Dialogue Magazine

Volume 13, Issue 3, 2017

Opioid Investigations – Status Report; Opioid Position Statement; Patient Perspectives – “Anything to be Numb”; Patient Perspectives – After the Fall; Opining on Opioids; Services During Public Health Emergencies; New Governance Model for CNO; Ensuring Competence; The Impact of Bill 87

Oct 16, 2017

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Focus on opioids

Opioid Investigations – Status Report

The College provides an update on the status of investigations related to potential concerns about inappropriate opioid prescribing.

Opioid Position Statement

The College’s Opioid Position Statement outlines the role of the College and key elements of our opioid strategy, namely to Guide, Assess, Investigate and Facilitate Education for Ontario’s doctors. It also highlights the complementary roles of health-system partners.

Patient Perspectives – “Anything to be Numb”

Nathalie Hache’s road to recovery from opioid addiction began only when she began understanding her emotional pain.

Patient Perspectives – After the Fall

Donna May’s daughter was addicted to opioids. Several years after her death, Donna continues to tell Jac’s story as a way to help others.

Opining on Opioids

Doctors have lost a measure of respect for opioids. In the right patient, it can make a major improvement. But in the wrong patient, it can ruin a life, says Dr. David Juurlink, head of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Services During Public Health Emergencies

A draft policy that articulates expectations for physicians during a public health crisis is now out for consultation.

New Governance Model for CNO

The College of Nurses of Ontario’s Council has approved a vision for governance for 2020 that will have ramifications for other regulatory bodies. Anne Coghlan, CEO and Executive Director of the CNO, explains how the proposed reconfigured board
will be better able to reflect the public’s needs and interests.

Ensuring Competence

We are consulting on a draft policy to ensure physician competence when physicians change their scope of practice and/or re-enter practice after an extended absence. The draft is a combination of two current policies. Please give us your feedback.

The Impact of Bill 87

We discuss which provisions in the Protecting Patients Act are already in force and which ones are still to come. And we will explain how they will all affect physicians.