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Pain Resources

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The Pain Society of Alberta (PSA) developed its Alberta Pain Strategy through a Pain Summit in March 2015 and was subsequently approved by the PSA membership at its annual general meeting in October. Click here to download PSA’s letter and Strategy. PSA’s aim is to engage all stakeholders in moving the Alberta Pain Strategy forward. The PSA welcomes your feedback on this document. Contact Glyn.

 

My Pain My Way

 

 

 

mypainmyway.ca

New web resource for Albertans challenged by chronic pain

  • Pain Assessment
  • Goals & Action Plans
  • Self-management Strategies
  • Understanding Pain

This resource also includes a comprehensive list of helpful resources and a section dedicated to families and caregivers.

Using the online tools, individuals can establish functional goals, develop a better understanding of pain and how it affects the brain, and learn self-management skills.

This project was developed by the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists with funding provided by Alberta Health.

Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) 

A new knowledge mobilization network to help improve children’s pain care. SKIP’s mission is to improve children’s pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration. The effort is led by SKIP Scientific Director Dr. Christine Chambers, Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Canada, who is internationally known for her outreach and advocacy efforts in promoting evidence-based pediatric pain management. Funded by a grant from the Canadian federal government and co-led by Children’s Healthcare Canada, SKIP will be based at Dalhousie University and includes more than 100 Canadian and international partners. SKIP has four main hubs: the IWK Health Centre (Halifax), The Hospital for Sick Children/SickKids (Toronto), Stollery Children’s Hospital (Edmonton), and Children’s Healthcare Canada  (Ottawa).

You can visit the SKIP website to learn more about this effort, including videos, downloadable materials, and news and announcements

Chronic Pain Assessment Toolbox for Children with Disabilities

It has been three years since Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital launched the Chronic Pain Assessment Toolbox for Children with Disabilities. Individuals can download the Toolbox to see the three eLearning modules recently developed. These modules are a great introduction to the Toolbox and the place to start if you have not begun using the Toolbox in your setting. The modules will introduce you to:

  1. Chronic pain in children with cerebral palsy and the development of the Toolbox;
  2. The sections of the Toolbox and how to start with based on your needs; and
  3. A case study of a complex patient from one of our nurse practitioners, and how a chronic pain assessment tool supported her clinical examination.

Check them out HERE .

Arthritis Alliance of Canada and College of Family Physicians of Canada Launch Osteoarthritis Tool to Improve Care for 4.4 Million Canadians Living with Osteoarthritis.

The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are pleased to launch the Osteoarthritis Tool designed to provide primary health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and facilitate the management of patients living with osteoarthritis (OA). The AAC, CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis Tool to help family physicians and other health care providers understand that Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps them:

  • identify, assess, and monitor OA;
  • equip patients for high quality self-management; and
  • recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies.

For more information, click HERE.

Share your impressions of the tool and how it’s helped in your practice in the AAC newsletter! Please contact Lina Gazizova lgazizova@arthritisalliance.ca.

AHS Chronic Pain Centre Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Teleconsult Service

One in five Albertans live with chronic pain, and approximately 5% of the population experience significant limitations in daily activities due to pain.

If you serve patients who live with chronic pain, or work with health professionals who do, the AHS Chronic Pain Centre Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Teleconsult Service is an excellent resource. Through this provincial resource, public and private health professionals can book a free teleconsult with rehabilitation staff (PT, OT, Kinesiologist) experienced in chronic pain management. Please consider accessing the service when assisting patients living with chronic pain.

Background for Physio and Rehab Teleconsult Update for AHS Physiotherapy

Mental Health Resources

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Addiction and Mental Health Video Presentations by Dr. Joel Paris and Dr. Richard Hibbard

Youth Addiction and Mental Health – Help4Me

Mental health issues and substance use problems often begin in the teen and early adult years. Addressing the issue early can help to reduce the supports needed and increases the chance for a better long-term outcome and improved mental wellness.

The Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, and the Canadian Mental Health Association of Edmonton have developed a website, Help4Me, to help young people recognize and understand early signs and symptoms of addiction and mental health problems that they, or someone they know, may be facing.

New Mental Health Resource for Health Care Providers and Caregivers Developed by SickKids Experts Over the next few months, CAPHC Conversations will be featuring articles and resources from the AboutKidsHealth website. Contact Sean Schurr for more information.

 

Sleep Resources

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Sleep Education

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed lessons and activities to generate interest in the study of sleep medicine and to raise awareness of sleep disorders. Using the Academy’s expertise in the field of sleep and sleep disordered breathing, they have developed a series of free resources that encourage scientific inquiry. Click here to view the Academy’s comprehensive lesson plans, activities, assessment tools and presentations.

Pediatric Sleep Council

The Pediatric Sleep Council was created to provide accurate and up-to-date information on sleep in young children for parents. The goal is to provide comprehensive and expert-based information on baby and toddler sleep that is freely available to the public. The Pediatric Sleep Council is an international team of people with expertise in all aspects of sleep and development in young children. We represent pediatric sleep experts, including physicians, psychologists, and researchers. The Pediatric Sleep Council was created to provide accurate and up-to-date information on sleep in young children for parents. The goal is to provide comprehensive and expert-based information on baby and toddler sleep that is freely available to the public. The Pediatric Sleep Council is an international team of people with expertise in all aspects of sleep and development in young children. We represent pediatric sleep experts, including physicians, psychologists, and researchers. Click HERE.

Online Resources

Indigenous Populations

Third Party Payers Resources

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Alberta Blue Cross is pleased to announce that occupational therapists have been added to our provider website. Occupational therapists who register with Alberta Blue Cross will be able to submit claims online for eligible services provided to Alberta Blue Cross employer group and individual health plans, as well as government sponsored program participants and those with coverage through the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP).

By registering with the provider site, you will be able to

– submit patient claims online quickly and easily;

– receive payments promptly;

– advertise your business – free of charge via our online provider directory; and

– access user guides, comprehensive reporting tools and up-to-date information from Alberta Blue Cross in one central location.

This service is delivered through our easy-to-use, secure website and is available at no cost to occupational therapists across Alberta.

Register Now

 

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