In 2012 UBC CPD received the Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award for This Changed My Practice.
By Drs. Fiona Petigara and Joanna Cheek on September 28, 2022
Authors Fiona Petigara, MD, CCFP (biography, no disclosures) Joanna Cheek, MD, FRCPC (biography and disclosures) Disclosures: Received funding from Shared Care: sessional funding to develop and spread CBT Skills Group Program. Mitigating potential bias: Recommendations are consistent with published guidelines (e.g. CANMAT depression and anxiety guidelines) and current practice patterns. What I did before Fiona […]
By Beata Chami on October 5, 2021
It has been eighteen months since COVID-19 emerged in Canada. The trajectory of the pandemic has placed a strain on our citizens’ mental health, particularly our frontline workers. While physician well-being has been a longstanding concern, the global pandemic has magnified the daily challenges that clinicians so bravely navigate to safeguard the health of their patients.
Curing Through Connection: A 3-part series on attachment, resilience, and health. Article 3: The Importance of Attachment Theory in Healthcare
By Dr. Linda Uyeda and Dr. Ashley Miller on July 7, 2021
The ingredients needed to create a happy workplace also largely reflect the principles of secure attachment. Across all levels within organizations, if people do not feel “safe, seen, soothed, and secure” they are more likely to make errors, breach safety protocols, and struggle working together as a team.
By Sue Barlow and Carolyn Rondeau on June 3, 2021
Concussions or mild traumatic brain injury are the most common type of traumatic brain injury. It is estimated that every year in British Columbia (BC), there are approximately 14,500 visits to the emergency department and that this number is most likely an underestimate of the “true burden of concussion”.
Curing Through Connection: A 3-part series on attachment, resilience, and health. Article 2: Parenting During a Pandemic
By Dr. Ashley Miller and Dr. Linda Uyeda on May 12, 2021
As I started to understand that this pandemic would wear on, I had to figure out how to help my patients’ families and my own family navigate our way through this totally new reality. I drew on the science of attachment, resilience and healthy relationships to make a plan. (Please stay tuned for Article #3!)
Curing Through Connection: A 3-part series on attachment, resilience, and health. Article 1: Cultivating secure bonds with our children during stressful times
By Dr. Linda Uyeda and Dr. Ashley Miller on March 3, 2021
(Please stay tuned for Article #2: ‘Parenting during a pandemic’. We will expand on how to nurture these secure attachments with our children.) By Dr. Linda Uyeda (biography and disclosures) and Dr. Ashley Miller (biography and disclosures) (Members of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Community of Practice and the Working Group […]
By Dr. Mary V. Seeman on February 5, 2020
Fellow psychiatrists often ask whether their patients with schizophrenia are aging prematurely. They point to the fact that several of their patients seem slowed down, forgetful, fidgety, and that they garble their words and stutter. These are, of course, all side effects of antipsychotic medication.
By Dr. Alisa Lipson on September 25, 2019
Now in 2019, we are learning that the incidence in girls is higher than previously thought. The girls are catching up to the boys. What is that about? Turns out that the girls are better at hiding their disability but it is there. So, we have to look harder.
By Dr. Tahmeena Ali on August 21, 2019
I now ask all patients, young and old, new to my practice and established for years, male and female, to complete an ACEs questionnaire in my clinic. I garner a new level of respect for my patients’ resilience and for the ongoing turmoil many of my young patients face. I make finding supports for these young vulnerable patients one of my top priorities—as important as a referral to a specialist or for diagnostic imaging.
By Dr. Joanna Cheek on May 8, 2019
View personality disorder symptoms as important treatment targets in themselves. Be curious about each patient’s story, validate PD symptoms as coping mechanisms, focus on collaborative problem solving, set proactive regular visits, and also be mindful of your own emotional reactions providing compassion and empathy while setting clear boundaries.
By Dr. Darly Wile on April 3, 2019
What I have found is that while it can sometimes be assumed that motor problems are the patient’s “biggest problem”, this is often not the case; instead, I now make a point of asking the patient, and their family directly: “What is the biggest problem for you right now?”
By Nichole Fairbrother on March 20, 2019
Unwanted, intrusive thoughts of accidental harm to one’s infant are reported by 100% of new mothers, and unwanted, intrusive thoughts of intentionally harming one’s infant are reported by 50% of new mothers. Ask specifically about unwanted, intrusive thoughts of infant-related harm. Educate pregnant women and normalize the occurrence of the thoughts. Reassure women that, in the absence of any additional risk factors for child abuse, disclosure of these thoughts will not result in any action on the part of the care provider/physician.
By Dr. Vanessa Brcic and Dr. Devon Christie on April 18, 2018
What changed our practice was a fundamental recognition of trauma as a determinant of health, and furthermore, that PTSD is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trauma. Much lies under the surface for our patients.
By Dr. Randall White on May 10, 2017
When psychiatric patients are treated in an emergency department, they are often hypervigilant, manic, or otherwise in an excited, agitated state. The current standard of care to manage acute agitation in adults is using an antipsychotic medication and a benzodiazepine, often loxapine or haloperidol and lorazepam.
By Dr. Alisa Lipson on September 28, 2016
As a general pediatrician, I see many children whose behaviour and/or development is not emerging as expected. A diagnosis such as autism or learning disability may be the obvious explanation; but frequently it is not so straightforward. Parents come armed with questions about ‘processing disorders’ and and they expect their MD to be knowledgeable.
By Sue Barlow, OT and Jennifer Loffree, OT on December 2, 2015
The statistics regarding recovery from concussion indicate that the majority of individuals will be symptom-free at 3 months; within 6 months 70-75% will be symptom free; and within a year 10% will have 1 persisting symptom and 5% will have 4 or more persisting symptoms
This app changed my practice – Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavor in B.C. (TIDE) – Treatable ID App www.treatable-id.org
By Dr. Clara van Karnebeek and Dr. Sylvia Stockler on July 29, 2015
Affecting 2-3% of Canadians, intellectual disability (ID) is a lifelong, devastating condition defined by deficits in cognitive functioning (IQ<70) and adaptive skills. It is called global developmental disability (GDD) in children less than 5 years of age; it is defined as deficits in 2 or more developmental domains. In Canada, approximately 7,600-11,500 children are born annually with GDD. Identification of GDD or ID in children is the essential first step and often a task for the primary care practitioner.
By Dr. Randall White on July 8, 2015
Simple use of a self-rated symptom checklist can double the odds of response to antidepressant medication in primary-care patients.
By Dr. Daniel Dodek on March 18, 2015
Mental health problems including anxiety, depression and stress make up a large proportion of a typical day in primary care medicine. They also contribute a huge comorbid burden in specialty care. These conditions all require an intense amount of time to help and manage patients.
By Dr. Alexander Chapman on January 6, 2015
Often, self-injury is managed and treated in the context of therapy work with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Family physicians, however, are in an excellent position to be first responders, to offer helpful suggestions, and to help refer the patient to appropriate care.
By Dr. Maria Chung on September 10, 2012
Depression can have devastating effects on the elderly and their families. Moreover, it is often under recognized, as it can present atypically, with agitation/ anxiety, somatic symptoms, or cognitive and functional decline rather than sadness and withdrawal.
By Dr. Dan Bilsker on April 11, 2011
Innovative forms of service delivery have the potential to greatly expand the scope of depression intervention. Series of self-management workbooks designed to teach depressed individuals evidence-based skills for mood management, available for free download from http://www.comh.ca/selfcare/.
By Dr. Randall White on January 17, 2011
The evidence has become impossible to ignore that people with chronic mental illness are dying from heart attacks and strokes at a higher rate than the general population.
By Dr. Amanda Hill on August 23, 2010
In providing care to frail and severely demented elderly we see many patients with aspiration pneumonia, swallowing problems and failing to eat. We also see many patients fail to get better even when we have adequately addressed their acute medical issues.
By Dr. Bob Bluman on July 11, 2010
It was usually difficult to get my patients into appropriate resources and due to my lack of tools and time to help these patients, I would often prescribe medications.