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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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Self Management Resources

PainBC has pulled together a list of self management resources for health care professionals. This list includes programs, courses, downloadable documents, and groups from various organizations and on a wide range of topics.

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CARD system

The CARD system provides strategies that can be used to help cope before and during vaccination and needle procedures. The system consists of resources such as videos, handouts and activities that will help to prepare you and your child for vaccinations.

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Health Topic on Pediatric Pain

SKIP’s Western Hub and Alberta Health Services co-authored a collection of informational packages about acute, transitional, and chronic pain! It is free to access online and can also be attached to patient’s electronic medical record after their hospital visit.

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Youth in Pain: Solutions for Effective Opioid Use

The Youth in Pain: Solutions for Effective Opioid Use project is one of SKIP’s most recent initiatives and was established in response to Health Canada’s Action Plan for Pain in Canada (2021), and guided by SKIP’s 2020 Opioids and Our Children national scoping meeting. The project’s overall aim is to share evidence-based solutions for the medical use of opioids to address short- and long-term pain in youth.

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CAN/HSO 13200:2023 - Pediatric Pain Management

This standard guides the delivery of quality pediatric pain management. It focuses on how organizational leaders and dedicated teams should provide care based on the needs, goals, abilities, and preferences of children and their families. It does not prescribe a particular approach or intervention to pain management.

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Effective Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain (EPOCH)

Effective Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain (formerly “Safer Opioid Prescribing”) is among the longest running opioid CPD programs in the country. It was the first accredited program to offer a curriculum that reflected the updated 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. Through engaging discussions and practical activities, the program’s three webinars and capstone workshop ensure that physicians and health care providers have the most up to date skills to effectively support people who live with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids.

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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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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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