Pain Canada courses for people with pain

Chronic Pain Insights course

About Chronic Pain Insights course

This concise, evidence-based course supports health care providers to build skills and knowledge about pain in the perioperative context.

The free online program covers clinically relevant strategies for managing pain before and after surgery, with an emphasis on self-management strategies patients can use.  

Learning outcomes

Through this program, participants will gain insight into pain's subjective nature and the many dimensions involved in the pain experience, understand the intricate interplay between the brain and body in pain perception and develop strategies to support patients facing stigma or marginalization due to various factors such as ethnicity, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.

Additionally, the course underscores the importance of culturally sensitive care and advocates for a comprehensive biopsychosocial model to prevent and manage chronic pain effectively with a focus on self-management strategies.

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Course outline

Module 1 – Introduction to Pain

Participants will learn about pain descriptors, distinguishing between acute and chronic pain, and contrasting different models of pain perception. They will also explore the psychosocial aspects of pain, including the Body-Self Neuromatrix model and the role of neuroplasticity. Moreover, the module addresses factors contributing to the transition from acute to chronic pain, alongside strategies for prevention and early intervention.

Module 2 – Living with Pain

Learners will explore the ethical dimensions of pain management and learn to differentiate between empathy, sympathy, and compassion, and apply these concepts practically. They will examine how intersectionality in healthcare affects pain experiences, considering the impact of marginalization and trauma. Additionally, the module explores pain's effects on identity, cognition, and emotions, as well as its social implications such as isolation and stigma. Cultural humility and safety are emphasized to ensure culturally competent care for patients.

Module 3 – Managing Pain

Participants will review essential aspects of pain management before and after surgery. They will learn about the importance of supporting patients in managing their pain and learn about chronic pain as a distinct diagnosis. The module covers the main objectives of pain management and addresses the impact of the overdose crisis on treatment approaches. Furthermore, participants will explore pain education, pacing techniques, assertive communication, positive coping mechanisms for stress, and the significance of movement, nutrition, and sleep in chronic pain management. Finally, participants will reflect on their learning and commit to applying their knowledge in their professional roles.

Pre-surgical education for people awaiting surgery

We also offer a free self-paced online program designed to help people undergoing surgery and their families learn better manage pain after surgery and decrease complications. Learn more.

Why you should take this program

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Course details:
Cost: FREE
Format: Online
Duration: Approx. 45 min per module, self-paced
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