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Pain Canada and its partners offer a wide range of continuing education opportunities to increase skills and knowledge on pain assessment and management among health care providers of all disciplines, and other interested professionals such as teachers and coaches. These programs, courses, webinars, and resources are evidence-based, informed by people with lived experience and free to access.

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Baring it all: The Final report from a survey on reproductive and sexual health in women+ with inflammatory arthritis, rheumatic, and psoriatic diseases

The Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey was developed and launched on International Women’s Day 2021 with the goal of eliciting a stronger understanding of patients’ experiences and identifying information gaps across different stages of life. This report on the survey's findings will help organizations in continuing to raise awareness and advocating for better care and health outcomes for women+*. The insights and testimonials provided will also help guide the development of programs and resources to support the community.

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CPN Patient Engagement in Research Webinar Series

Recorded webinars for researchers on patient engagement from the CPN.

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BC Adaptive Mentorship Network for Pain, Mental Health and Substance Use

Providing care in the clinical areas of chronic pain, mental health and substance use, either alone or as co-morbidities, can be challenging. The BC Adaptive Mentorship Network for Pain, Mental Health and Substance Use (BCAMN) aims to build primary care capacity to support British Columbians living with chronic pain, mental health and substance use conditions.

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Veteran and Family Well-Being video series

The aim of the Veteran and Family Well-Being series is to provide education on the evolution of pain management and current best practices in evidence-based interdisciplinary care. Presented in an accessible manner, the target audience is Veterans, their families, health care professionals, case managers, and researchers.

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Guide to pain management online apps and resources for kids and youth

A downloadable handout on helpful apps and online resources for kids and youth with pain.

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Atlantic Mentorship Network - Pain and Addictions

The Atlantic Mentorship Network- Pain & Addiction (AMN-P&A) is designed to provide an ongoing clinical resource for primary health care professionals to develop core knowledge and skills to deliver high-quality care in community to individuals with pain and/or addictions.

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Knowledge translation tips sheet

Knowledge translations tips and tools for pain researchers from the CPN.

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Tips for research conversations with patient partners

These tips have been put together to help guide researchers’ and/or trainees’ preparation for research conversations with CPN patient partners. Rather than call these ‘presentations’ we are calling these ‘conversations,’ emphasizing that we anticipate the format to follow a dialogue/discussion approach instead of a lecture-style presentation.

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Roles for patient partners in your project

If you're a pain researcher who has never worked with patient partners or caregivers in your research before (or even if you have!), the CPN Patient Engagement Committee and Network patient partners have some ideas for you to consider.

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The Canadian Journal of Pain

The Canadian Journal of Pain is an open access journal that publishes research from all disciplines involved in the study of pain, including the clinical and basic sciences, epidemiology, and health policy and health systems. The Canadian Journal of Pain is the Official Journal of the Canadian Pain Society.

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Guide to Chronic Pain in Students: an in-school resource

The Guide to Chronic Pain in Students: An In-School Resource for students and teachers. A downloadable guide to supporting kids with pain at school.

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Gentle Movement and Relaxation course

This online, self-paced course will help physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other movement professionals gain knowledge and skills to lead therapeutic movement and relaxation classes for people living with chronic pain. It is free for health care providers in BC

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BC ECHO for Chronic Pain

Gain improved competence in providing complex pain care through free monthly virtual learning and mentorship sessions led by an interdisciplinary team of pain specialists and other community health care providers. This program is free to access for health care providers in BC.

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Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers

This practical, compact course allows physicians and nurse practitioners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management, including non-pharmacological treatments and prescribing best practices. Learners will develop a strong grounding in pain science to support further exploration. It is free for health care providers in BC.

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Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers

This practical, compact course is free to access for health care providers in BC. It allows learners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management and develop a strong grounding in pain science to support further exploration.

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Pain BC webinars for health professionals

Pain BC regularly delivers free webinars for health professionals featuring leading experts in their fields who present on the latest science, research and approaches to understand, treat and manage chronic pain. Register to attend an upcoming live webinar or view the past webinar recordings on-demand.

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Pain self-management programs for community-based organizations or clinics

Do you run or work in a community-based organization such as a recovery house, a community centre or a primary care clinic? Do you want to offer accessible pain self-management programs for the people with pain you serve? Through Pain Canada, organizations across the country can get support to run Making Sense of Pain (MSOP), an evidence-based, low barrier, pain self-management program, in their own settings. The ten-week program runs in a group format, teaching the fundamentals of pain science as well as practical skills that enhance well-being while living with pain.

There are two ways to join Pain Canada as a delivery site for the MSOP program:

Apply for funding support and training through Pain Canada

If you would like to offer MSOP in your organization but need financial support to do so, you can apply to Pain Canada for a subsidy. Subsidies are expected to be available in summer of 2022 for training and delivery in the fall.

Your role as a delivery site is to:

  • provide a comfortable meeting space for the group
  • provide a facilitator (ideally a health care provider or person with some clinical background)
  • ensure the facilitator attends the MSOP facilitator training (a seven-hour online, self-paced program)
  • recruit participants for the program
  • provide refreshments and travel subsidies, if needed, for participants for each group session (funding provided through Pain Canada)
  • organize and facilitate each weekly session
  • participate in the program's evaluation

Pain Canada will provide all other required program materials.

Pain Canada-funded MSOP sites commit to running at least one more MSOP program cycle at your own cost after the initial funded program; once facilitators are trained, the costs for the program are minimal and limited to facilitator time, participant handbooks and other print materials, group refreshments and barrier-reducing supports like travel and childcare subsidies

Purchase training and program materials using your own resources

Organizations that have their own resources to pay for facilitator training, program materials, refreshments and travel and childcare-subsidies are encouraged to do so. Depending on the degree of consultative support needed to run the program, program costs range from $2,000 to $7,000.

Program materials covered by the fee include access to the self-directed facilitator training (a seven-hour online, self-paced program), and electronic files for participant handbooks, promotional materials and evaluation tools. The site is responsible for printing program materials.

If you would like to apply for financial support to be a MSOP delivery site or purchase the program for your clinic or organization, please contact us.

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