Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice

Chronic Pain Tools

Chronic Pain Tools

 
One in five Canadians lives with chronic pain. Help improve health outcomes for your patients on their journey to manage complex and persistent pain. This page is an info hub for Kootenay Boundary primary care, allied health, and specialist practitioners with team-based clinical tools, resources, accredited continuing education, and community of practice opportunities at your fingertips!

 


 

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Managing Chronic Pain Together:
A Toolkit for Patients + Practitioners >

A booklet to support shared discussion on pain management, strategies + therapies, and self-management resources. Professionally printed copies are available at no cost to all primary care, specialist, and allied health practitioners in our region.

Order booklets for your clinic > 

Download a quick print 8.5x11 version > 


 

 

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Pathways: Pain Management Clinical Resources for Physicians>

A wealth of clinical resources - from practical assessment and diagnostic tools, prescribing guidelines, specialists search, pain scales, patient handouts, and more.

These resources are easy to access and navigate – check out this 3-minute tutorial >


 

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Kootenay Boundary Chronic Pain Inventory: Clinics, Services & Providers >

A region-wide inventory of health care providers with knowledge and expertise in working with chronic pain – listed by community and with referral information.

Want to be added or change your information? Contact kburatto@divisionbc.ca.

 


 
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Pain BC: Pain Education Hub for Health Care Providers >

Accredited, evidence-based continuing education opportunities for health care providers of all disciplines.

Practice Support Program: Pain Management Module >

Created for family physicians and delivered in an online format.

 

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BC ECHO for Chronic Pain: Community of Practice >

A monthly community of practice forum of physicians and allied health providers that offers accredited professional education, the opportunity to engage in collaborative case reviews, and build connections with colleagues around the province.

 

 

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‘Making Sense of Pain’ >

A self-management class series designed for people with pain who also face barriers to accessing care. Pain BC partners with clinics to offer these classes - with funding for facilitator training, hosting costs, and curriculum provided. (Currently, one site in our region offers the series, although much more capacity is needed in our local communities).

Want to find out more? Follow the link above.

 


 

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The challenge of coping with pain on a day-to-day basis can feel overwhelming - and have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.  Multiple factors - physical, psychological, and environmental - contribute to chronic pain and a successful strategy will consider each of these aspects.  

Finding what works may require some trial and error - each person is unique.  By taking time to experiment with different approaches, the right plan for the individual can be found. 

A care approach that includes the following has the best outcomes: 
 
  • A multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care including different health professionals - physician, physiotherapist, occupational or exercise therapist, psychologist, acupuncture, massage, or other therapies - working together even when they work in different clinics.
  • The person with chronic pain as a valued, active partner in this team
  • Support for learning about pain and building self-management strategies that can have a big impact on the quality of life for the person living with chronic pain
  • A combination of therapies and strategies. Medications may be part of a program to help manage symptoms or reduce inflammation. Of course, medications have risks and benefits, so it’s important to consider long-term use carefully. Studies show that a combination of therapies and strategies is more effective than medication alone over the longer term.

 

Our patient webpage, 'Living Well With Chronic Pain', includes helpful information and links to self-management resources recommended by local health care providers and patients living with pain. 

 


 

The Kootenay Boundary Shared Care Chronic Pain project is an initiative aimed at a stronger regional care continuum for patients with chronic pain and improved access to multidisciplinary care in our communities. 

The project brings together local primary care and specialist physicians, allied health providers, patient and health authority partners to steer the journey. 

The content / resources here are produced by the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice with support from the Shared Care Committee, a partnership of Doctors of BC and the Government of British Columbia.

Questions? Feedback? Get in touch: kbdoctors@divisionsbc.ca