Web Resources

Primary Care & Primary Care Nursing

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nurses in Primary Care – PHAC (2015): http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/services/nurs-infirm/clini/index-eng.php

Though developed and intended for use by Health Canada employed nurses working in remote First Nations communities, the information provided is comprehensive and may be used to collaboratively develop work flows in interprofessional primary care teams.


Primary Care Toolkit - CNA (2016): https://www.nurseone.ca/tools/primary-care-toolkit

A comprehensive resource for building effective collaborative interprofessional teams in primary care, including evidence-based resources relevant to the role.


RNAO Primary Care Toolkit -RNAO (2015): http://primarycaretoolkit.ca

This tool kit provides information for primary care nurses and primary care teams to promote full scope primary care nursing practice in order to facilitate enhanced primary care access. Barriers and facilitators to full scope practice are reviewed.


RN Prescribing Framework - CNA (2015): https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/professional-development/rn-prescribing-framework


Primary Solutions for Primary Care - RNAO (2012): http://rnao.ca/policy/reports/primary-solutions-primary-care

Developed through the collaborative process of the Primary Care Nurse Task Force launched by the RNAO, the report addresses issues in underutilization of the RN and RPN roles in primary care and presents suggestions on maximizing and expanding those roles in Ontario and is the foundation to the RNAO Primary Care Toolkit.


Practice Guideline: Directives - College of Nurses of Ontario (2014): https://www.cno.org/globalassets/docs/prac/41019_medicaldirectives.pdf


RN and RPN Practice: The Client, the Nurse and the Environment - College of Nurses of Ontario (2014): http://www.cno.org/globalassets/docs/prac/41062.pdf


Pharmacare 2020 (2016): http://pharmacare2020.ca


Canadian Index of Wellbeing - University of Waterloo: https://uwaterloo.ca/canadian-index-wellbeing/


Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Practice - Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (2013): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/IPAC_Clinical_Office_Practice_2013.pdf


Annex A: Screening, Testing and Surveillance for Antibiotic-Resistant Organisms (AROs) In all Healthcare Settings - Public Health Ontario (2011): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/PIDAC-IPC_Annex_A_Screening_Testing_Surveillance_AROs_2013.pdf

Vaccine and Immunization Information

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule - MOHLTC (2015): http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/immunization/schedule.aspx


Canadian Immunization Guide - PHAC: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/index-eng.php

Up to date NACI and CATMAT recommendations. Optional subscription for automated updates.


Annual Report on Vaccine Safety in Ontario - Public Health Ontario (2015): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/2014_Annual_report_on_vaccine_safety.pdf


Immunization Competencies for Health Professionals - PHAC (2008): http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/pdf/ichp-cips-eng.pdf

Outlines competencies to promote safe, knowledgeable vaccine practice.


Immunize Canada: http://www.immunize.ca/en/default.aspx

General information for health professionals and families. Professional section contains a number of links to evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines currently used in Canada. Free immunization promotional material can be ordered. There is a mailing list to receive a bi-weekly newsletter bulletin, and some archived newsletters can be accessed.


Committee to Advise of Tropical Medicine and Travel - PHAC: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/catmat-ccmtmv/index-eng.php

Up to date travel advisories and travel health and travel vaccine information.


Guidance Document for the Management of Suspected Rabies Exposures - MOHLTC (2013): http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/oph_standards/docs/guidance/gd_mng_suspected_rabies_exposures.pdf

Chronic Disease Management

RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Strategies to Support Self Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients (2010): http://rnao.ca/bpg/guidelines/strategies-support-selfmanagement-chronic-conditions-collaboration-clients


Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care - Dentre for Effective Practice (2015): http://effectivepractice.org/resources/poverty-a-clinical-tool-for-primary-care/



Canadian Diabetes Association: https://www.diabetes.ca
Diabetic Foot Canada: http://www.diabeticfootcanadajournal.ca

A peer reviewed journal for professionals with interest in the diabetic foot. An RNAO and Canadian Association of Wound Care collaboration.

Inlow's 60 Second Diabetic Foot Screen - Wounds Canada: https://www.woundscanada.ca/health-care-professional/resources-health-care-pros/foot-screen

A Wounds Canada Tool to assist in foot care screening in diabetes.


Respiratory Health:

Asthma - Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines: http://www.respiratoryguidelines.ca/guideline/asthma
Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 7th Edition - Canadian Thoracic Society (2013): http://www.respiratoryguidelines.ca/tb-standards-2013
COPD - Canadian Thoracic Society Guidelines: http://www.respiratoryguidelines.ca/guideline/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Nursing Care of Dyspnea: the 6th Vital Sign in Individuals with COPD (2005): http://rnao.ca/bpg/guidelines/dyspnea


Tobacco Addiction:

Canadian Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline - CAN-ADAPTT/CAMH (2011): https://www.nicotinedependenceclinic.com/English/CANADAPTT/Guideline/Introduction.aspx
Tobacco Free RNAO: http://tobaccofreernao.ca/en


HIV and Hepatitis C

CATIE: http://www.catie.ca

Canada's Source for HIV and Hepatits C Information



Osteoporosis Canada: http://www.osteoporosis.ca
The arthritis Society: http://arthritis.ca/healthcare-professionals


Antipsychotics and Dementia - Centre for Effective Practice: https://thewellhealth.ca/dementia?platform=hootsuite
Elder Abuse Ontario: http://www.elderabuseontario.com
Geriatrics Learning Centre - Ontario Telemedicine Network: http://geriatrics.otn.ca/#tab0
Geriatric Interprofessional Interorganizational Collaboration - Tool Kit and Libraries: http://giic.rgps.on.ca/toolkit-libraries
Optimal Aging Portal - McMaster University: https://www.mcmasteroptimalaging.org
Speak Up Ontario (Advance Care Planning): http://speakupontario.ca


Canada's Food Guide - Health Canada (2011): http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php
Eat Right Ontario - Dieticians of Canada (2016): http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/default.aspx
Ontario Food & Nutrition Strategy (2017): http://sustainontario.com/work/ofns/
NutriSTEP: Nutrition Screening for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Sudbury & District Health Unit & University of Guelph (2009): http://www.nutristep.ca/en/partners.aspx

Pain Management

Lower Back Pain: CORE Back Tool - Centre for Effective Practice (2016): http://effectivepractice.org/resources/low-back-pain-core-back-tool/
RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Assessment and Management of Pain, 3rd edition (2013): http://rnao.ca/bpg/guidelines/assessment-and-management-pain


Greig Health Record - CPS (2016): http://www.cps.ca/tools-outils/greig-health-record
Rourke Baby Record - CPS (2014): http://www.rourkebabyrecord.ca
Acute Otitis Externa - Canadian Pediatric Society (2013): http://www.cps.ca/documents/position/acute-otitis-externa
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Chold Development Resource Centre - Health Nexus: http://en.beststart.org
Evidence Brief: Effects of inadequate sleep on the health of 0-19 year olds - Public Health Ontario (2015): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/Effects_of_inadequate_sleep_on_0_to_19_year_olds.pdf
Evidence Brief: The positive impacts of physical activity on the whole child - Public Health Ontario (2015): https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/Physical_Activity_Whole_Child_EB_2014.pdf
Head Lice Infestations: A Clinical Update - Canadian Pediatric Society (2016): http://www.cps.ca/documents/position/head-lice
Oral Health Screening - Canadian Pediatric Society (2016): http://www.kidsnewtocanada.ca/screening/oral-health
Oral Screening Guidelines for Child Health Clinics - Saskatchewan Dental Public Health Network (2015): pdf
Ontario Autism Program - Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/autism/ontario-autism-program.aspx
Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years) for Health Professionals - Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (2014): http://www.osnpph.on.ca/upload/membership/document/pediatric-nutrition-guidelines-for-health-professionals-2014_1.pdf
Preventing Childhood Obesisty Clinical Tool - Centre for Effective Practice (2016): https://thewellhealth.ca/childhood-obesity
NutriSTEP: Nutrition Screening for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Sudbury & District Health Unit & University of Guelph (2009): http://www.nutristep.ca/en/partners.aspx

Preventive Health and Screening

Sexual Health

Candian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections - PHAC (2016): http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/std-mts/sti-its/
SexualityandU - SOGC: http://www.sexualityandu.ca

LGBTQ Health

Guidelines and Protocols for Trans Care - Rainbow Health Ontario/Sherbourne Health Centre (2015): http://sherbourne.on.ca/lgbt-health/guidelines-protocols-for-trans-care/
Rainbow Health Ontario: http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca

Women's Health

Domestic Violence Education - Women's College Hospital: http://www.dveducation.ca
MenopauseandU - SOGC: http://www.menopauseandu.ca/menopause/index_e.aspx
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC): http://sogc.org
Women's Health Matters - Women's College Hospital: http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Preconception Health Care Tool - Centre for Effectve Practice (2015): https://thewellhealth.ca/preconception
Prenatal Information: Key Messages for Ontario - Best Start: http://www.ontarioprenataleducation.ca

Determinants of Health and Intersectionality

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health: http://nccdh.ca
Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers - Centre for Effective Practice (2016): https://thewellhealth.ca/poverty#tools







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