Pain BC. Changing Pain. Changing Minds.
July 2018 Update
From Our Executive Director, Maria Hudspith 
 
Introducing the Pain Support Line
 
Pain BC recently launched the Pain Support Line, a free telephone-based service for people living with chronic pain in BC. The service aims to help with the variety of stressors that can impact people in pain, to reduce social isolation and to support people in pain with regaining a sense of control over their health. Our trained volunteers provide a listening ear and can assist callers with issues including accessing health care services, housing, employment, income security (e.g. making sure they have access to all available pension or disability supports), transportation, food security, social services and much more. They can also provide information on pain self-management resources and programs available both online and throughout the province. Assistance is provided via phone, email or text.
 
The Pain Support Line was formerly known as Connect for Health. We've renamed to improve accessibility and understanding of the service.
 
Please help us ensure people in pain get much needed support! 
  1. Reach out: If you’re a person in pain who would benefit from this free service, please connect with our Pain Support Line volunteers by calling 1-844-880-PAIN (7246), by e-mailing supportline@painbc.ca, or by filling out a self-referral form. Our volunteers are available Mondays through Fridays from 9AM-4PM (excluding statutory holidays). Health care providers can also fill out a referral form on behalf of their patients.
  2. Share: Help us spread awareness of this much-needed service by sharing the Pain Support Line webpage with your networks, or by ordering free promotional material to display on community and office bulletin boards, brochure racks and anywhere else where people in pain may see them.
  3. Volunteer: The Pain Support Line program is looking for passionate individuals to join their team. If you would like to contribute to making a significant impact on the quality of life for people in pain, read the Pain Support Line volunteer description for details and fill out a volunteer application.
The Pain Support Line is not a crisis line
 
The Pain Support Line cannot offer assistance in the event of an emergency or crisis. In an emergency, please call 911. If you are in distress or feel you may cause harm to yourself or others, these crisis lines can provide immediate assistance.
 
Pain BC is grateful to the Ministry of Health's Patients as Partners Initiative for support of this program.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Live Plan Be  Connect for Health
 
Understanding Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME): Context and Lived Experiences 
Pain Waves Podcast
 
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), is characterized by many debilitating symptoms which include chronic pain. ME affects more than 560,000 Canadians, yet it remains a widely misunderstood and stigmatized illness.
 
In the following episode, we attempt to break down some of these barriers by speaking with 4 people in pain who discuss their varied lived experiences with ME. We are also joined by Elizabeth Sanchez of the ME|FM Society of BC, who provides an overview of ME while discussing research priorities and other actions required to better support the needs of the many British Columbians affected by this illness.
 
 
Chronic Pain Management for Registered Massage Therapists 
Workshops available in Kelowna and Vancouver
 
This workshop for registered massage therapists provides an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain. The course will challenge misconceptions about pain and participants will learn the basics of incorporating a biopsychosocial framework into daily practice behaviour.
 
Sep 30, 2018 - Kelowna: Register now
Oct 14, 2018 - Vancouver: Register now
 
 
Feedback Requested: Notice of Intent on Restricting the Marketing of Opioids 
Accepting feedback until Jul 18, 2018
 
In response to the growing number of opioid-related overdoses in Canada, Health Canada has developed a Notice of Intent to restrict the marketing and advertising of opioids in Canada, namely to physicians and other health professionals. Those interested in providing their feedback on this matter can do so by e-mailing hc.ppiad-dppai.sc@canada.ca by July 18, 2018.
 
 
Feedback Requested: Report on Access to and Availability of Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain 
Accepting feedback until Jul 18, 2018
 
The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) conducts environmental scans to inform decision-makers about the use of health technologies across jurisdictions, particularly with respect to practice variation and policy gaps.
 
CADTH recently created an environmental scan on the Access to and Availability of Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Canada. The draft report is now available for review and CADTH is requesting feedback from the public. Those interested can can provide feedback through this web form until July 18, 2018. 
 
For questions, please contact the CADTH Program Development officer, Jeff Mason at jeffm@cadth.ca.
 
Choose to Move 
Free movement program available for BC residents 65+ years of age
 
Choose to Move is a free movement program providing BC residents 65+ years of age (regardless of physical ability) with the motivation and support to become more active and engage in their health, while connecting with others in the community. Choose to Move is available at various community/recreation centres throughout BC. Those interested can view a full list of locations and start dates.
 
Feedback Requested: Survey on Visits to Emergency Department  
 
The UBC Digital Emergency Medicine Program is investigating the role of technology in supporting patients and caregivers during their visits to hospital emergency departments. They are requesting feedback from anyone who has visited an emergency department in the past 5 years as either a patient or caregiver. Those interested can participate in this short survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
 
Feedback Requested: Partnering on Pain Survey 
 
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), CHEO Research Institute, Sick Kids Hospital, Dalhousie University and Alberta Children's Hospital would like your help in identifying the top 10 research priorities for pediatric chronic pain across Canada through this short survey.
 
 
UPCOMING WEBINARS: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WWDPI
 
 
 
EVIDENCE INFORMED TIPS FOR PHYSICIANS ADDRESSING SICK LEAVE, STAY AT WORK AND RETURN TO WORK
Jul 18, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
This webinar will give physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work.
 
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND WORK: INDIVIDUAL FACTORS IMPACTING EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Jul 26, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
Participants will learn about the many individual factors impacting employment status for those living with MS, as well as what can be done to better support these individuals in the workplace.
 
FACTORS AFFECTING RETURN TO WORK AFTER INJURY OR ILLNESS
Aug 9, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
This webinar will explore evidence from 56 systematic reviews on factors influencing return-to-work outcomes across health conditions.
 
WORK EXPERIENCES AND ADAPTATIONS MADE BY EMPLOYEES WITH ARTHRITIS
Aug 15, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE WORK/HEALTH RELATIONSHIP
Sep 6, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
SUSTAINED EMPLOYABILITY OF CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS
Sep 26, 2018 - 11:00 am PT
More details coming soon.
 
Pain BC is a program partner for the Chronic Pain Webinar Series hosted by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. 
UPCOMING PAIN BC AND PARTNER EVENTS 
 
 
 
WORKSHOP | CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR CHIROPRACTORS
This workshop is intended for chiropractors or students of chiropractic interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people living with complex and chronic pain.
Sept 29, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
 
WORKSHOP| CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
This workshop provides RMTs with an opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional massage therapy practices can increase success and improve outcomes for people in pain.
Sept 30, 2018 - Kelowna Register now
Oct 14, 2018 - Vancouver Register now
 
 
Pain BC programs and initiatives are funded, in whole or in part, by the Government of British Columbia.
 
In the News
In the News 
 
A person living with chronic pain describes the lasting implications of being told to ignore and fight through their pain during childhood.
 
This article sheds light on the current landscape for pain injection treatments in BC and expands on how the proposed regulations may affect those who rely on these treatments for pain relief.
 
UBC researchers provide insight on how understanding trauma as a determinant of health has  allowed them to better support their patients.
 
The following article discusses the use and benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as an alternative to medication for people in pain who concurrently experience insomnia.
 
 

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