For Patients

Search our resources for helpful information about healthful living. Any health or medical information is provided for reference, and is not intended to replace advice or care from a health care professional. Health information is reviewed by family physician members of the Patient Education Committee of the College. The CFPC website is funded by the College, and does not receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content. The College acknowledges the support of Scotiabank for its Honours & Awards Program and the Research and Education Foundation by displaying the Scotiabank logo on its website.

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Patient education.

This guide to patient education may include links to important websites, articles, reports and other resources. For more detailed information, please ask us.


Patient Education

    Choosing Wisely and Prevention Through Primary Care

    Our multimedia-friendly toolkit equips health care providers with user-friendly videos, printable posters for their clinics, and printable infographics designed to facilitate informed discussions and give patients resources they can take home.


    Patient Education,

    Periodic Health Examination

      Zika Virus

      Additional items will be shared as updates are available.  


        Breast cancer - steps to finding breast lumps early.

        How can I find breast cancer early?  The best way to find breast lumps that may be cancer is to do two things: Have regular mammograms. Have your doctor check your breasts every year. Doing both gives you the best chance to find cancer as early as you can.  



        Patient Education,

        Women’s Health

        Prevention in Hand

        The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have collaborated on the development of Phase II of the Prevention in Hand (PiH) initiative.  


        Chronic Disease,

        Preventive Care

        Headache Diary

        For patients with recurrent headaches, keeping a diary is often recommended. A research team at the Centre for Research in Family Health, based at the IWK (Izaak Walton Killam) Health Centre in Nova Scotia, has developed an electronic headache diary to help simplify the task. Called the My Wireless Headache Intervention, or myWHI, it goes beyond tracking headache details—such as duration and pain location—to include potential triggers, strategies to manage headaches (eg, medication), and daily details (eg, number of sleep hours). The researchers  believe that the graphical reports will help your patients better understand their headaches and help you make more informed decisions about their care. They invite you to try myWHI with your patients.


        Urinary incontinence - embarrassing but treatable.

        What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence means that you can’t always control when you urinate, or ‘pee’. As a result, you wet your clothes. This can be embarrassing, but it can be treated.


        Patient Education

        Nosebleeds - what to do when your nose bleeds.

        What causes nosebleeds? The most common causes are dryness (often caused by indoor heat in the winter) and nose picking. These two things work together - nose picking occurs more often when mucus in the nose is dry and crusty.


        Patient Education

        Asthma: Learning to control your symptoms.

        This information provides a general overview on this topic and may not apply to everyone. To find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject, talk to your family doctor.


        Patient Education,

        Respiratory Disorders

        Pregnancy - during pregnancy: taking care of you and your baby.

        Is prenatal care important? Yes! You can help make sure that you and your baby will be healthy by following some simple guidelines and checking in throughout your pregnancy with your doctor.


        Maternity & Newborn Care,

        Patient Education

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