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Vaccine hesitancy: Talking to patients about the COVID-19 vaccine
As the COVID-19 vaccines roll out across BC and the rest of Canada, there are significant concerns about vaccine hesitancy. If too many people are unwilling to get the vaccine because of those concerns, everyone’s safety is compromised.
In this episode of DocTalks, we speak to vaccine safety scientist, Dr Julie Bettinger, and family doctors, Dr Birinder Narang and Dr Baldev Sanghera, about the critical role doctors play in vaccine acceptance among patients. What are the best ways to approach patients about getting their shot? What are some of the issues that influence a patient’s decision to get vaccinated or not? How does race, culture, and religion play a part in these decisions? How has media and misinformation informed people’s view of the vaccine?
Our guests delve into the complex subject of vaccine hesitancy, and share evidence-based information to help doctors feel prepared to have productive conversations with their patients.
Interested in this interview, but don’t have time to listen to the podcast? A summary of the conversation can be found here. Resources
This is Our Shot Campaign: https://thisisourshot.ca/
New immunization fee for vaccine advice: https://bcfamilydocs.ca/covid-19-immunization-advice-fee/
Doctors of BC resources about vaccines:
Answers for patients: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-answers-patients
Answers for doctors: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-answers-doctors
Vaccine office toolkit: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-office-toolkit
COVID-19 latest news from the PHO: https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-latest-news#tab-0-0
Articles about the impact of historical trauma on vaccine hesitancy:
“Medical experimentation and the roots of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous Peoples in Canada.” https://www.cmaj.ca/content/193/11/E381
“Beyond Tuskegee — Vaccine Distrust and Everyday Racism.” https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMpv2035827
If you are a doctor who needs mental health support, you can call the Physician Health Program’s 24-hour helpline at 1-800-663-6729, or email email@example.com.
Burnout and COVID-19: Warning signs and when to act
As doctors across BC try to meet the unprecedented demands that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on them, reports of physician burnout are increasing. But what does burnout actually look like? How do you recognize the early warning signs so you can take steps to prevent it? And where do doctors go for help?
In this episode of DocTalks, psychiatrist Dr Jennifer Russel and family doctor Dr Lawrence Yang share their perspectives about how burnout affects doctors, how to recognize it, and what steps to take to minimize the impact. From personal coping strategies, to implementing leadership and QI methodology, and advocating for system-wide enhancements, our guests share what methods they’ve adopted – both in their personal and professional lives – to stay well, and what supports are available to doctors that can really made a difference.
Interested in this interview, but don’t have time to listen to the podcast? A summary of the conversation can be found here.
Physician Health Program
24 hour confidential helpline: 1-800-663-6729Doctors of BC Physician Burden policy paper
Canadian Medical Protection Association
Physician Quality Improvement
Sauder School of Business: Physician Leadership Program
GPSC Leadership and Management Training
Practice Support Program
Putting Indigenous cultural safety into practice: "The first step is admitting we have a problem with racism."
In the first DocTalks podcast of 2021, we invite Dr Terri Aldred and Len Pierre to discuss how to define and understand cultural safety and the intricacies of addressing this systemic problem.
The Future of Primary Care: “Walking into this new system together”
In the first episode of DocTalks, a new direction for BC’s primary health care system is explored. We’ve heard the names, but what really are patient medical homes and primary care networks? Host Dr Matthew Chow, with guests Drs Brenda Hefford and Shelley Ross, take a deep dive into the current primary care landscape to unpack ideas about:
how patient medical homes and primary care networks relate to and work with one another
what it means to adapt to system-wide change
the benefits of a multidisciplinary, team-based care model of care
how UPCCs enhance PCNs and increase access
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