CMPA Practically Speaking is a Canadian Medical Protective Association podcast where we share expert advice on a variety of topics affecting physicians and their practice. From assisting physicians in reducing medical-legal risk and enhancing safe medical care, to discussing physician wellness and how the CMPA supports its members in a changing healthcare environment, this podcast will cover what you need to know when you need it most.
Earn Self-Learning Section 2 MOC credits and non-certified Self-Learning Mainpro+ credits for each episode.
Disclosing patient safety incidents
Disclosure of patient safety incidents to patients or caregivers is a legal, ethical and professional obligation for physicians. Appropriate disclosure conversations facilitate dialogue during the incident management process and reinforces patient-physician trust. In this month’s episode, Steven and Yolanda discuss the best ways to handle disclosure of patient safety incidents and the importance of efficient communication in addressing patients’ needs throughout the process.
Leveraging Patient Decision Aids To Ensure Shared Decision Making
Decision support tools are designed to ease shared decision-making and patient involvement on health care decisions. When patients actively participate in decision-making and understand what is required of them, they are more likely to follow through. To establish an efficient shared decision making process, physicians must consider patients values, preferences and circumstances. In this month’s episode of CMPA Practically Speaking, our experts discuss the importance of patient’s decision aids to overcome communication challenges and build a strong patient-physician relationship.
Ensuring a safe return environment for patients
When considering medical clearance for participation after injuries, there are numerous components to take into consideration to ensure physicians act within the standard of care, and that they keep patients’ best interest in mind. In this month’s episode, Steven and Yolanda discuss the precautions and responsibilities of both parties in assuring a safe return environment. The duo highlights the importance of shared decision-making to establish an efficient framework.
Reducing diagnostic errors in the OR
Surgeons put a tremendous amount of focus on mastering the technical skills and maximizing their knowledge base. Data from the CMPA's medico-legal files suggest that a number of adverse events involving surgeons are related to communication issues, rather than to poor surgical technique or insufficient knowledge. This episode identifies techniques to help physicians working in surgery settings reduce their risk of adverse events in the OR.
The ins and outs of team debriefs
Steven and Yolanda discuss the ins and outs of routine team debriefs: What are they? Who should use them? How should they be implemented? How can they potentially improve patient safety?
Contingency planning for the unplanned absence from practice
Retirement, parental leave, illness, moving to a new practice – what considerations should be made when taking an unplanned leave of absence? This episode looks at the importance of planning for the unforeseen, and ensuring patients’ continuity of care is at the forefront of those arrangements.