East Kootenay Divisions of Family Practice

Shared Care Chronic Pain

The Elk Valley Chronic Pain project was initiated in February 2019 by local physicians who were experiencing the same challenges as a number of other rural communities in British Columbia regarding chronic pain care.

The main expected outcome of the project was to develop a local patient centered pain management team working closely with primary care providers to increase the capacity of patients with mild to moderate chronic pain to better self-manage their pain.

The main achievement of the Elk Valley Chronic Pain Project is, without a doubt, the creation of the new Living Well with Persistent Pain program.

Back in Control Program Booklet


Project Team


Expected Outcomes


Physician leads:
Dr. Todd Loewen
Dr. Joel Stimson


Project Lead: Charlie Sawatzky

  • Develop tools for self-management for patients with chronic pain.
  • Create a Network of professionals to support patients with chronic pain.
  • Facilitate Chronic Pain education opportunities for providers.
  • Living well with Persistent Pain program developed and integrated into the PCN.
  • Local workshops and conferences facilitated for patient and providers.



Selected to present at Quality Forum 2021

Chronic Pain Resources:

Pain education

Self-Management tools

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Education for Health Providers: