COPD Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical practice guidelines are evidence-based statements to assist clinicians and patients in making decisions about the most appropriate health care management for COPD and heart failure. 

The Canadian Thoracic Society's (CTS)Canadian Respiratory Guidelines website was developed as part of an ongoing initiative to raise awareness about the guidelines and encourage their use.

These resources provide current evidence-based guidelines to maximize your nursing practice as you coach your COPD patients to improved health.   

2007 Recommendations for Management of COPD

2008- Highlights for Primary Care- Recommendations for Management of COPD

Canadian Respiratory Guidelines  


Heart Failure Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society is the national voice for cardiovascular physicians and researchers. Its mission is to promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation, including dissemination of research and encouragement of best practices and through professional development, and leadership in health policy.

These resources provide current best practice guidelines for managing patients with heart failure, as well as current research findings and information on high risk populations to prevent exacerbations of the disease.

2006- Diagnosis and Management of Heart Failure

2010 - Heart Failure in ethnic minority populations, heart failure and pregnancy, disease management, and quality improvement/assurance programs

2009- Diagnosis and management of right-sided heart failure, myocarditis, device therapy and recent important clinical trials

2008- Best practices for transition of care of heart failure patients, and the recognition, investigation and treatment of cardiomyopathies

Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines Library 


Nursing Professional Standards and Guidelines

Nurses are accountable to the College of Nurses of Ontario, and are governed by practice standards, such as the Telepractice Nursing Standard.  Nurses have evidence-based guidelines directly related to their scope of practice for patients with chronic diseases.

These resources provide current nursing best practice guidelines that will help guide and support your patients.

The links to the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario's (RNAO) Nursing Best Practice Guidelines are part of their initiative to provide published guidelines as well as a Toolkit and Educator's Resource. A number of the publications are available in French.

The links to the College of Nurses of Ontario's (CNO) guidelines and standards are resources to support your professional Telepractice care.

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines (RNAO)

Strategies to Support Self-Management in Chronic Conditions: Collaboration with Clients (RNAO)

Therapeutic Relationships  (RNAO)  

Falls Prevention  (RNAO)  

Nursing Practice Guidelines (College of Nurses of Ontario)  

Telepractice Nursing Guidelines  (College of Nurses of Ontario) 


Patient Safety

As part of the Telehomecare Program, we must understand, recognize and work to prevent patient, provider and the technology errors and unsafe acts that can affect patient care.  These factors include medication errors, fall prevention, health literacy, communication and process improvement. 

These patient safety resources are provided by a variety of provincial, national and international organizations.

Medication Reconciliation (Safer Healthcare Now) 

Reducing Falls and Injury From Falls (Safer Healthcare Now) 

SBAR: Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model (Institute for Health Care Improvement)

Video: Learning from Error (World Health Organization)

Reduce Your Risk of Falls (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) 

Safe Practices for Medication Use: Take Charge of Your Medicines!