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Partnering for Chronic Pain

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:00am

February 21st, 2018:

Shared Care Committee invited interested physicians, members of the Divisions of Family Practice as well as representatives from the Ministry of Health and Pain BC, to meet in Vancouver to discuss current gaps, emerging themes and opportunities to leverage learnings on the subject of Chronic Pain.

On behalf of the Ministry of Health, CheryL Martin spoke about the importance of addressing Chronic Pain at the Ministry level, and discussed strategic alignment and collaboration with Pain BC and Shared Care to focus on patient-centered care. Maria Hudspith from Pain BC shared the visions of the organization and what they've accomplished in working towards an ideal pain care model in collaboration with Divisions across the province. Powell River, Kootney Boundary and South Okanagan presented a brief synopsis on the Chronic Pain Initiatives that each community is currently working on. The evening ended with a discussion about shared learnings and strategies to collaborate and share successful resources across regions.


The Shared Care Committee achieved the goals they wanted to meet from this two hour discussion and felt encouraged to see and hear about the exciting and innovative work being generated across the province. With the identified opportunities listed below, Shared Care will map out an outline on Chronic Pain themes and develop a plan for spread. The committee will continue to work alongside the Ministry of Health on their provincial strategy, as well as look for possible opportunities to partner with Pain BC.

  • Primary Care Chronic Pain Summit: Physicians appreciate a face to face dialogue and want to hear what challenges and success their colleagues across the province are seeing. (Possible CME Accredited)
  • PCN/PCM model: Continue to encourage discussions with Health authorities as well as other allied health professionals. Appropriate timing for specialist integration to critical or complex chronic pain cases.
  • Centralized resources sharing: Connecting all the different divisions initiatives and creating a centralized repository for all the successful material produced by different communities and organizations to develop spread and sustainability.

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