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
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:
- Chronic pain in children with cerebral palsy and the development of the Toolbox;
- The sections of the Toolbox and how to start with based on your needs; and
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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