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Professional education

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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Role of Patient Partners

If you’ve 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. In this, you will find the definition of Patient Engagement and some thoughts about the way you might work with us so that we may bring our lived experience to your research project as collaborators or partners.

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Research popularization

The Quebec Pain Research Network shares publications on this page that highlight researchers, research advances as well as their activities and that of student researchers, making everything accessible to the general public.

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Moving Through Pain

A free, self-paced online program for health care providers who want to support people living with pain to move with more ease.

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Pain Foundations

This practical, compact course allows learners to develop clinically relevant approaches to chronic pain management and develop a strong grounding in pain science.

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Chronic Pain Insights course

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

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The Vulvodynia Primary Care Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for family physicians and other providers to help navigate the journey of care for patients with vulvodynia. From diagnosis to initiating management of symptoms for patients with vulvodynia, this toolkit is your go-to resource for step-by-step compassionate care.

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Self-management core curriculum modules

This evidence-informed common core curriculum serves as a foundational resource for self-management programs within tertiary chronic pain programs and other clinical settings.

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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 for children. 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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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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Pediatric Pain Management Standard (CAN/HSO 13200:2023)

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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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

An archive of webinar recordings on patient engagement in research from the Chronic Pain Network.

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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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Atlantic Mentorship Network - Provincial Networks

The Atlantic Mentorship Network is a non-industry-funded, multi-faceted organization whose goal is to improve the capacity of community-based primary care providers and allied health care professionals to provide evidence-informed, compassionate care to people living with chronic pain, substance use and/or mental health through adaptive mentorship. It maintains Provincial Networks in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

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Resources for Researchers from the Chronic Pain Network

Guidelines, resources, and practical advice to help guide pain researchers’ and/or trainees’ meaningfully engage patient partners in their work.

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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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