Information for Physicians
Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is evidence-based, and basically goes into greater depth into the "lifestyle" aspects that we all learned a bit about in medical school. If there is a patient who has tried everything but is having issues with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and/or a myriad of issues including (but not limited to) eczema, psoriasis, osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), nephrolithiasis (kidney stones), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disesase (GERD/ heartburn), fibromyalgia, etc., it is quite possible if not probable that LM will help. LM may also be an excellent solution to help decrease risk in situations when patients cannot tolerate certain medications (e.g. statins), or when medical and/or surgical management has been optimized and yet the patient is still experiencing symptoms/discomfort (e.g. angina, chronic pain, etc.).
LM is a low-cost solution, and most patients will save money by adopting LM changes. Dr. Purdy does not recommend expensive supplements, gym memberships, etc. The most important consideration when determining if LM could be appropriate for your patient, is patient motivation. Ottawa Lifestyle Medicine offers a compassionate and supportive environment, but changing lifelong habits, whether they involve tobacco, dietary, exercise, etc. is challenging. However, especially for patients who are suffering from chronic conditions and/or pain, the health changes from LM interventions can occur in days to weeks, and can be life-changing for many patients. If referring a patient please send a referral note as it will greatly assist Dr. Purdy in her assessment.
Lifestyle Medicine (LM) is not currently recognized as a focused practice area. As a result, if a patient is rostered to a FHO or FHN and decides to see Dr. Purdy, access bonus penalties will result, however there is a way to avoid this. If the FHO/FHN de-rosters the patient, the patient may still be seen at the FHO/FHN under FFS, and the patient may see Dr. Purdy under FFS. The FHO/FHN will not experience access bonus penalties, and can re-roster the patient once the patient no longer requires Dr. Purdy's services. Dr. Purdy is only using the FFS model and will not roster patients.
Dr. Purdy is part of the OTN (Ontario Telemedicine Network) and therefore can see patients from out-of-town. This service is covered by OHIP.