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Asthma - Diagnosis and Management (2010) Full Guideline (PDF 940K)
Summary (PDF 252K)
Appendix A - Asthma Inhalation Drug Dosing and Cost (PDF 217K)
Appendix B - Personal Action Plan (PDF 336K)
Cardiovascular Disease - Primary Prevention (2008) Full Guideline (PDF 901K)
Summary (PDF 145K)
Figure 1: Coronary Heart/Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment (PDF 75K)
Appendix A - Part I: Smoking Cessation (PDF 82K)
Appendix A - Part II: Effective pharmacological aids to smoking cessation (PDF 76K)
Appendix A - Part III: Patient Handout "Quit Smoking: It's Time to Act" (PDF 77K)
Appendix B - Framingham Instruction Sheet (PDF 166K)
Appendix C - Framingham and UKPDS Risk Assessment Charts (PDF 541K)
Appendix D - Apolipoprotein B (PDF 179K)
Cardiovascular Disease - Primary Prevention. A Guide for Patients (PDF 98K)
Chronic Kidney Disease - Identification, Evaluation and Management of Patients (2008) Full Guideline (PDF 573K)
Summary (PDF 192K)
Table 1: Stages of CKD (PDF 68K)
Table 2: Evaluating Patients with Abnormal Screening Tests (PDF 71K)
Table 3: Care Objectives and Targets (PDF 83K)
Figure 1: Flow Diagram for Evaluating and Managing Patients with Suspected CKD (PDF 53K)
Appendix A: Physician Resources (PDF 170K)
Appendix B: Calculating eGFR: Conversion Table (PDF 71K)
Appendix C: Chronic Kidney Disease Flow Sheet (PDF 156K)
Appendix D: Chronic Kidney Disease - A Guide for Patients (PDF 170K)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (2011) Full Guideline (PDF 788K)
Summary (PDF 224K)
Appendix A - Patient Care Flow Sheet (PDF 106K)
Appendix B - Prescription Medication Table for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (PDF 230K)
Appendix C - Medical Indications for Home Oxygen for Stable COPD Patients (PDF 161K)
Appendix D - COPD Flare-up Action Plan (PDF 166K)
Appendix E - Antibiotic Treatment Recommendations for Acute Exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) (PDF 179K)
COPD - A Guide for Patients (PDF 112K)
Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly - Recognition, Diagnosis and Management (2008) Summary (PDF 160K)
Table 1: Clinical Features of Dementia, Depression and Delirium (PDF 89K)
Table 2: Differential Diagnosis of Dementia (PDF 85K)
Table 3: Starting dose and titration schedule of AChEIs (PDF 86K)
Appendix A - The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) Diagnostic Algorithm (PDF 79K)
Appendix B - Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) (PDF 91K)
Appendix C - Clock Drawing Test (PDF 72K)
Appendix D - Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) (PDF 143K)
Appendix E - Global Deterioration Scale (PDF 94K)
Appendix F - Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly Flow Sheet (PDF 185K)
A Guide for People with Dementia and their Caregivers (PDF 186K)
Diabetes Care (2010) Full Guideline (PDF 1.6M)
Summary (PDF 231K)
Flow Sheet (PDF 272K)
Patient Guide (PDF 262K)
Appendix A: Screening Algorithm for Type 2 Diabetes in Adults (PDF 79K)
Appendix B: Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes (PDF 67K)
Appendix C: Antidiabetic Agents and Adjunctive Agents for use in Type 2 DM (PDF 323K)
Appendix D: Insulin Therapeutic Considerations and Availability (PDF 92K)
Appendix E: Treatment of Hypoglycemia (PDF 83K)
Frailty in Older Adults – Early Identification and Management (2012) Summary (PDF 261K)
CSHA Clinical Frailty Scale (PDF 59K)
Appendix A - Seniors Assessment Tool (PDF 137K)
Appendix B - Sample Care Plan Template (PDF 135K)
Appendix C - Medication Review (PDF 128K)
No Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Form (PDF)
Heart Failure Care (2008) Full Guideline (PDF 540K)
Summary (PDF 145K)
Appendix A - Diuretics (PDF 42K)
Appendix B - Beta blockers (PDF 42K)
Appendix C - ACE inhibitors (PDF 33K)
Appendix D - Angiotensin receptor blockers (PDF 27K)
Appendix E - Direct acting vasodilators (PDF 30K)
Appendix F - Spironolactone (PDF 69K)
Appendix G - Digoxin (PDF 72K)
Flow Sheet (PDF 165K)
Patient Guide (PDF 197K)
Hypertension - Detection, Diagnosis and Management (2008) Full Guideline (PDF 799K)
Summary (PDF 174K)
Appendix A - Recommended Technique for Measuring Blood Pressure (PDF 51K)
Appendix B - Framingham Instruction Sheet (PDF 510K)
Appendix C - Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Worksheet (PDF 55K)
Appendix D - Hypertension Care Flow Sheet (PDF 196K)
Appendix E - Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension (DASH) (PDF 60K)
Appendix F - Antihypertensive Drugs (PDF 85K)
Appendix G - Examples of Secondary Causes of Hypertension (PDF 101K)
Flow Sheet (PDF 196K)
Patient Guide (PDF 133K)
Major Depressive Disorder in Adults: Diagnosis & Management (2013) Full Guideline (PDF 850K)
Appendix A: Medications that Mimic Mood Disorders (PDF 100K)
Appendix B: First-Line Psychotherapies for Treatment of Depression (PDF 99K)
Appendix C: First-Line Antidepressants (PDF 138K)
Appendix D: Switching Antidepressants (PDF 117K)
Appendix E: Discontinuation Syndrome of Antidepressant Medications (PDF 97K)
Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) (PDF 41K)
Example of a Safety Plan (PDF 16K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Physicians (PDF 145K)
Resource Guide: Information Sources for Patients (PDF 140K)
Osteoarthritis in Peripheral Joints - Diagnosis and Treatment (2009) Full Guideline (PDF 2.4M)
Summary (PDF 199K)
Osteoarthritis (OA) Medications Table (PDF 221K)
Appendix A - History (PDF 88K)
Appendix B - Physical Examination (PDF 80K)
Appendix C - Alternate Diagnosis and Overall Assessment (PDF 71K)
Appendix D - Investigations (PDF 61K)
Appendix E - Follow-up Patient Assessment Form (PDF 83K)
Patient Guide for People Living with Osteoarthritis (PDF 221K)
A Guide for People with Hip Osteoarthritis (PDF 428K)
A Guide for People with Knee Osteoarthritis (PDF 315K)
A Guide for People with Hand Osteoarthritis (PDF 422K)
Choosing a Complementary Therapy (PDF 223K)
Calculation of Body Mass Index (PDF 75K)
Problem Drinking (2013) Full Guideline (PDF 1.1M)
Problem Drinking Part 1 - Screening and Assessment (PDF 573K)
Appendix A - Standard Drink Size Illustration (PDF 195K) • Alcohol Screening Note (PDF 154K) • Problem Drinking Part 2 - Brief Intervention (PDF 377K)
Brief Intervention Follow-up Note (PDF 147K) • Problem Drinking Part 3 - Office Based Management of Alcohol Withdrawal and Prescribing Medications for Alcohol Dependence (PDF 370K)
Appendix A - Prescription Medication Table for Alcohol Dependence (PDF 142K)
Rheumatoid Arthritis- Diagnosis and Management (2012) Full Guideline (PDF 294K)
Summary (PDF 482K)
Patient Guide (PDF 266K)
Appendix A - Non-Biologic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (PDF 266K)

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