Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 19

Education the preferred outcome in opioid prescribing investigations W hen the College investigates a physi- cian, any one of a number of out- comes is possible. But the results of our recent investigations into poten- tially concerning opioid prescribing practices makes it apparent that the College’s preferred choice of action is to support education, where possible. At its February meeting, Council received a report that summarized the outcomes in the investigations of 81 of the 84 physicians who had been investigated by the College after it received information from the Nar- cotics Monitoring System (NMS) about potentially inappropriate opioid prescribing. Of the 84 doctors investigated, the College took no action with 22, provided advice to six and prescribed self-study for two. Forty-four physicians with identified learning needs will participate in education and practise under the guidance of a clinical supervisor, who will oversee completion of the educational plan. In time, phy- sicians will be reassessed to gauge improvement. Three physicians now have prescribing restrictions, three are no longer practising, and one doctor will face a disciplinary hearing. Three investigations are in progress ( FW6RWF6W2FV7G&FRFBFR6VvRv66R&VVF&66Ɩ6fW7FvF2vVWfW"76&RFV662&7F6RF7W'&V@7FF&G2( 6BG"7FWfV&FW6VvR&W6FVB( W"v2FVWFR66&7F6RBF7WЧ'BVGV6FB&fFRwVF6RvW&RFR6Ц6( 266Gf"&VVFF2&VB( R6BG"&FW6BB27&F6FBV&W'2bFR&ЦfW76fR6V"VFW'7FFrbFRFV662FP6VvR2FRFW6R66W2BrFWƖRWvFW"&V7FfW2FRB7G&FVw( vRv@Ff6ƗFFR6fRB&&FR&W67&&r&FV7@FVB66W72F6&RB&VGV6R&6F&FFVG0BFRV&Ɩ22vRfR6BFW2&W67&"ЦrG2VFW"FR&vB6&7V7F6W227&F6f 55TR#DuTP