Key provider education resources and information to support your patients who are experiencing pain.
Key provider education resources
B.C. ECHO for Chronic Pain is a free virtual learning community comprised of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to gain improved competence in providing care for complex pain cases. Through ECHO, health care providers can get the help and support they need to provide care to patients with complex pain. Register for two hours per month, per pain condition or topic, with online CME credits.
PEER simplified chronic pain guideline
This guideline was developed to assist clinicians and patients with managing chronic low back, osteoarthritic and neuropathic pain. The best available evidence for common conservative therapeutic interventions was assessed, with an emphasis on shared decision-making principles. Interventions accessible to most urban and rural primary care clinicians were prioritized. Vol 68: MARCH | MARS 2022 | Canadian Family Physician | Le Médecin de famille canadien
Chronic Pain Assessment/Management Tool Center for Effective Practice
The tool is designed to help primary care providers develop and implement a management plan for adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP). This tool applies to, but is not limited to pain conditions such as osteoarthritis, low back pain, musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.
BC Adaptive Mentorship Network
Interdisciplinary Provincial mentorship network in the clinical areas of persistent pain, substance use and mental health.
Connect primary care provider mentees with experts in pain, substance use and mental health as mentors in a safe, non-judgmental community for clinical conversations.
Supports on-demand clinical discussions, group-based mentoring and learning opportunities.
Health Canada’s Pain Task Force 2021 Report
Read the Health Canada: Canadian Task Force Final report on moving forward in pain services and resources in Canada.
Key patient resources
Pain B.C. Support Line
Provides free information, support, and a listening ear to people wanting to talk about their own pain or that of a family member or friend. The support line is manned by social workers who are able to help connect you with pain resources and services within your community and on-line.
Additionally the Pain B.C. Support Line will do its best to connect you with other service you may need such as:
- Mobility/adaptive equipment
- Home care
- Finding legal/ advocacy support
- Income assistance
Call 1-844-880-PAIN or visit their webpage.
Pain B.C. Coaching for Health
Coaching for Health is a free telephone coaching program designed to help people living with pain learn self-management skills, regain function and improve their well-being. Up to 12 weeks of one-to-one weekly phone support are available.
Referral entry from any health care provider, or patients can access through the Support Line via a referral.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills groups
Designed by psychiatrists and taught by physicians, this course integrates neuroscience, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy skills and concepts. Free for B.C. patients (deposit of $60 is returned if six our of eight online classes are attended; a waver for people with low incomes is possible). Visit their webpage for more information.
Wellness Together Canada
Funded by the Government of Canada to support people with mental wellness programs and coaching. Individual phone, video and text counselling are available. Visit their webpage to learn more.
Movement programs for patients
Choose to Move Program
Offered by Senior’s Health and Wellness B.C., this free and flexible program provides the motivation and support to become more active. The program is for anyone age 65 and older that wants to become active, regardless of ability. Coaching and mentoring is available virtually or in-person.
Pain B.C. gentle movement videos
Learn to move again from your own home. Sessions are led by physiotherapists and other therapeutic movement professionals, and are designed to help people with persistent pain feel safe to move again.
YMCA Gold Series
YMCA offers a series of videos for gentle seated exercises (Gold Series) with a focus on those who have limited mobility or have been inactive.