This is the one-stop shop for resources that have been developed to help our members.
Health Connect Registry
The Kootenay Boundary Health Connect Registry (KB HCR) is a centralized registry for unattached patients seeking a primary care provider in the region.
Check out this guide to learn more about how to use the KB HCR to support your clinic. Whether it’s streamlining the management of patient waitlists, referring priority unattached patients, supporting your clinic when a practitioner retires or departs, or finding the right balance of new patients when you’re ready to attach, the HCR can help!
*New* Practitioner tools + resources are available to support and enhance the provision of gender-affirming primary health care in Kootenay Boundary.
Explore the practitioner resource hub > for tools and resources at your fingertips - including the Patient Road Map booklet to easily share resources with patients and families to support their journey
These resources have been created through the KB Shared Care Gender-Affirming Care Project, a collaborative initiative that brings together local physicians, transgender advocates, allied organizations & practitioners to help strengthen gender-affirming care in our region.
The best time to plan for a disaster is before it happens. Just in time for both wildfire and flooding season in the Kootenay Boundary region, we've launched an Emergency Preparedness toolkit for clinics.
In addition, we're offering support for the development and implementation of emergency preparedness plans, which includes sessionals for providers and office staff for their time completing the work.
Cultivating Culturally Safe Care
Practitioner tools + resources are available to support and enhance our practice of Indigenous cultural safety and humility in Kootenay Boundary.
Explore kbculturalsafety.org >, a resource hub for KB practitioners, where you can access 'Cultivating Culturally Safe Care in Your Clinic' a practitioner toolkit, an inventory of Aboriginal patient resources, and more.
The provision of culturally safe care is one of eight attributes of the delivery of care through the Primary Care Network. These new resources have been developed by the KB Cultural Safety Working Group with the support of Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice and the Kootenay Boundary Aboriginal Services Collaborative.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Incorporate ACEs Into Your Practice
Interested in Adverse Childhood Experience history taking in your clinic? We have a new ACEs handout available for patients, courtesy of the Social Determinants of Health Shared Care project. To place an order, or for more information on embedding ACEs into primary care, please contact Leila Dale, project manager at email@example.com.
ACEs Toolkit for Family and Nurse Practitioners - includes ACEs questionnaires for children, youth and adults.
ACEs Toolkit for Specialists - also includes ACEs questionnaires for children, youth and adults.
ACES Patient Handout - includes a brief on ACEs for patients - a handy conversation starter tool for ACEs history taking.
Chronic Pain Clinical Tools & Resources
A one-stop virtual hub - with clinical tools, resources, accredited continuing education and community of practice opportunities at your fingertips.
A booklet to support shared discussion on pain management, strategies + therapies, plus recommended self-management resources. Order printed copies for your clinic >
A region-wide inventory of health care providers with knowledge and expertise in working with chronic pain – listed by community and with referral information.
Helpful information and links to self-management resources.
Social Determinants of Health – The Poverty Intervention Tool
The Poverty Intervention Tool guides doctors with a list of questions to help address the impact of poverty on their patients’ health and puts the resources they need to connect patients with the appropriate community supports and services at their fingertips. Click here to download the Poverty Intervention Tool.
Click here to download a short summary of Dr. Lee MacKay's Rounds on the Social Determinants of Health and how to use the Poverty Intervention Tool in practice.
Click here to download a list of Nelson based services presented by Nelson Community Groups who attended Dr. MacKay's Rounds – including the Nelson Food Cupboard, The Advocacy Centre, Nelson Cares, ANKORS and Nelson Community Services.
MicroBloggingMD (MBMD): Secure Messaging btwn GPs/SPs/Nurses
With the new MBMD secure messaging App you can:
Send secure messages between GPs/SPs across IH and soon facility based Nurses and Home Health
View up-to-date Call Board within the App
Attach images directly to the message
Indicate level of urgency to help colleagues answer in appropriate time
Stay legal - all data is transmitted 100% safe and secure (unlike texts!)
Receive admissions and discharge notifications, and more!
Palliative Care Resources
When You Are Facing a Life-Limiting Diagnosis – Patient Resources and Services for Supportive and Palliative Care in Nelson
When You Are Facing a Life-Limiting Diagnosis – Patient Resources and Services for Supportive and Palliative Care in Trail
GP/SP Consults - Best Practice Checklist for Referrals
Adapted from the Quality Referral Evaluation (QuRE) Working Group in Alberta, this checklist ensures effective communication and flow of necessary patient information, coordination, and integration – click/tap here to download the checklist
Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Resources
- Pathways to Care: Brochure to help families find support for children with mental health and/or substance use needs:
CYMHSU Referral Pathways: Referral resource for Family Physicians
Perinatal Mental Health Resources
- Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale 3 tool (short version) ... EPDS 10 tool (longer version)
- Postpartum "Plain Mama English" tool and local Kootenay Boundary resources list
- IH Postpartum Depression Referral Pathways - Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Kalso, New Denver, Nakusp, Boundary
- Perinatal Mental Health Project report
Dementia Roadmap for Practitioners
A roadmap for outlining the stages of dementia - symptoms, sign-posts, good questions and tasks for the practitioner. Developed by Dr. Trevor Janz with support from KB Division.
Dementia Roadmap for Families
A roadmap for outlining the stages of dementia for patients and their families. Developed by Dr. Trevor Janz with support from KB Division.
Click here to download (English language version) >
If you wish to print the Dementia Roadmap for Families locally, a full resolution, print-ready file is available – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMR Forms for Profile Clinics
Over 60 new and updated forms to import into your Profile EMR. Available here on Pathways.
EMR Tip Sheets
Developed by the FPSC Provincial Recruitment & Retention Steering Committee (PRRSC) these tip sheets outline basic EMR functionality:
These tip sheets are a tool for medical students, residents, locums and/or new-to-practice family physicians who might be unfamiliar with a particular EMR. Each Tip Sheet walks a new user through the basics of documentation during a patient visit, including ordering medication and labs and requesting consults, among other tasks.
Kootenay Boundary Newborn Supports
CYMH Wraparound Care Program Package
Please find below links to the West Kootenay Local Action Team's "Wraparound Information and Referral Package." The package includes (click to download):
- Wraparound Q&A for Physicians
- Wraparound Q&A for Service Providers
- Provider Referral Form – including referral criteria
- Parent Letter – explaining Wraparound care to families
- Family Consent Form – explaining all aspects of Wraparound testing
Pathways: Streamlined Access to Team-based Care
Preferred practice guidelines for maternity patients with high BMI
Currently, there is no standardized guideline in the Kootenay Boundary region for addressing the needs of maternity patients with high BMI. Thus, the Regional Perinatal Committee developed the following: Guideline for family physicians to provide information on preferred practice for patients with high BMI.
Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE)
Hotline access to local specialist advice as well as Vancouver RACE specialists – 1 844 365-7223. Click here to download a VCARD to your computer or phone.
Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use
Website for GPs, families and patients with a directory of CYMHSU resources available in each KB Community – kootenayfamilyplace.org/kbsearchlight.
Adult Psychiatry – Responsive Behaviours in Seniors Rounds (Nelson)See the regional CPD calendar for dates.
Home Health Algorithm
IH and KB Division worked together to produce the "Home Health Referral Process" algorithm with the objective of streamlining HH referrals. Download it here.