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Toward Optimized Practice

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Overview

Many organizations and associations develop clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) at the local, provincial, national and international level, and make them available to health-care providers. Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) CPGs primarily differ from other CPGs by addressing practice gaps or behaviours that exist in Alberta in regards to various health topics. One key feature of TOP CPGs is the user-friendly format. The TOP CPG program develops CPGs for use by physicians and their teams. The goal is to provide recommendations and supporting evidence necessary to influence decision-making behaviour for the clinical gap or behaviour identified. Download our CPG development methodology document for more information.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the CPG team at

The CPG program appreciates input. Keep a look out in MD Scope for committee recruitment notices, or submit your name to our list of guideline draft reviewers. If this is of interest, or if you have any questions, please email us at

Latest Releases

Relational Continuity CPG for Primary Care
New: June 2019

Relational continuity improves patient outcomes and satisfaction. This guideline is intended to help physicians and the teams they work with to understand the value of relational continuity and to work toward improvements in and ultimately adopt practice behaviors that result in increased relational continuity. Read More

PEER releases guideline for managing opioid use disorder in primary care
NEW: May 2019

The Patients Experience Evidence Research (PEER) Simplified Guideline: Managing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in Primary Care provides practical recommendations for treatment of OUD for primary care practitioners. All recommendations are intended to assist with, not dictate decision making in conjunction with patients. Read More