New Pain BC website: key features and ease of navigation
Pain BC is excited to announce the launch of our new website
! People in pain and health care professionals can now easily navigate through our website to find the information and resources they're looking for.
Some key new features include:
How We Can Help:
A list of all Pain BC programs and resources available to help people manage the physical, emotional, and practical effects of chronic pain in their life.
Find Help Near You: People in pain can search this database to find help in their community. The database includes pain courses, workshops, and support groups; pain clinics; and a list of health care providers who have completed accredited pain management training.
: A space for relevant chronic pain news, events, stories and other opportunities available for people living with pain.
Assessment Tools and Clinical Guidelines
: These pain assessment tools are in the public domain and are available to all health care providers to assist them in better understanding the impact of pain on a person.
Pain Waves Podcast: Cannabis for chronic pain
With Terri Betts, Clinical Pharmacist and her daughter Nikki, a person with chronic pain
With recreational cannabis now legalized in Canada, it’s likely that more people in pain will consider it for pain relief. In this episode, Clinical Pharmacist Terri Betts and her daughter Nikki, who lives with chronic pain, share their story about navigating the health care system after Nikki decided to pursue medical cannabis to manage her pain. She had previously tried a variety of pharmaceutical medications, including opioids, without much success. Throughout our discussion, the two touch on the bodies of evidence available along with other key resources that helped them throughout their decision-making process.
Please note that as with any other treatment method, we advise anyone wishing to pursue medical cannabis for pain to first consult with a licensed health care professional.
Patient engagement at the IASP World Congress on Pain
Guest post by Keith Meldrum
Recently, I was invited to participate at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) World Congress on Pain
. IASP is an international organization bringing together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translates that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide
. IASP represents over 7,000 members worldwide and their biennial conference was held in Boston, Massachusetts from September 12-16.
I was privileged to be one of three people invited to attend and present a workshop on living with persistent pain. This was the first year IASP invited people with persistent pain to take part in their Congress activities. Although I knew my co-presenters, Joletta Belton
and Pete Moore
through social media, this was our first in-person meeting and it was like meeting old friends who hadn’t seen one another in a long time.
My presentation, The Patient Voice, Self Management, and Resiliency: The Patient Perspective
was based on 32 years of experiences following a near fatal car accident in 1986. In the workshop, I discussed how one can find the best ways to live with pain as we learned through scientific evidence. The underlying theme of my presentation was validation; having health care providers validate that the patient’s pain is real. I attended both Joletta and Pete’s presentation, which were amazing, as they offered insight into their lived experiences and how they have been able to move forward and find the best ways to live well despite pain. Feedback on our presentations was overwhelmingly positive.
In addition to my workshop, I was also asked to be a member of IASP’s newly formed Global Patient Alliance. The purpose of the Alliance, as identified by IASP, is to identify the current state of global challenges around pain management, identify barriers to effective solutions, and offer manageable and achievable solutions that foster strategic collaboration among organizations and advocates at the global and national levels. This sounds daunting and is clearly a large list of deliverables, but I offer that at a foundational level, our task is to help identify how to bridge the gaps between people with pain and effective pain management solutions - a critical missing piece for many people throughout the world...
4th Annual Pain CARE & Share Conference
November 7, 2018 in Victoria
As part of National Pain Awareness Week (November 4-10, 2018), Island Health, Pain BC, and the UVic School of Nursing are partnering on the 4th Annual Pain CARE & Share Conference in Victoria.
The conference will focus on pain care and will include interactive learning opportunities through story-sharing, discussions, and current practice and research. This year's theme is based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Global Year of Excellence in Pain Education with topics including persistent pain strategies, opioid safety, and cannabis legalization.
Tickets are by donation and are open to people in pain, caregivers, health care professionals and students.
Pain Foundations launching January 2019
Online chronic pain course for health care professionals
Pain Foundations is an online course designed for health care professionals of all disciplines to address the challenges faced when assessing and treating people living with chronic pain.
Course launch date: January 7, 2019
Cost: FREE for health care professionals who pre-register before December 31, 2018
Please share this opportunity with any health care professional who would benefit from taking the Pain Foundations course.
New survey from Health Canada on strengthening Canada's response to substance use
Survey available until December 4, 2018
A new survey from Health Canada is seeking feedback from the public on how to better address problematic substance use in Canada from a health perspective. The survey includes a specific piece on the needs of people in pain. The survey will remain open until December 4, 2018.
Study invitation: Immersive Multimedia Experiences for Cancer Patients with Chronic Pain
Upcoming webinars: In partnership with WWDPI
Work Outcomes in Self-Employed Cancer Survivors
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
Interdisciplinary Pain Education Day: Current topics in pain management
Pain BC is partnering with Providence Health
to deliver this fantastic day of pain talks on topics including: Managing Pain and Addiction, Pain and Ethics, The Cannabis Question, Resilience, Prescription Opioids and Pain, and Soundscapes, Music and Pain.
Pain BC Webinar | Acupuncture and Chronic Pain
In this webinar, Dr. Teresa Clarke, staff physician in the Complex Chronic Diseases Program at BC Women’s Hospital will present on her work providing acupuncture treatment to people living with chronic pain.
Pain BC Webinar | The Cannabis Question: Culture to Science
Clinical pharmacist Terri Betts will speak to many of the question providers have about prescribing cannabis for chronic pain.
Chronic Pain Management for Occupational Therapists
A workshop for occupational therapists interested in learning about the neurophysiology of pain and how it relates to OT intervention.