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Chronic Pain Management Program

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The Chronic Pain Management Program is an interprofessional, time limited, goal-oriented, team approach to self-management of chronic pain.  The program aims to enable clients with chronic pain to enhance their ability to function in all aspects of their lives. This holistic program focuses on  maintaining and improving physical, psychological, behavioural, recreational, spiritual, and vocational aspects of the individual’s life.

Who Can We Help?

  • Individuals over 16 years old living in Northwestern Ontario
  • Individuals living with chronic pain that interferes with daily activities
  • Individuals who are ready to learn and practice self-management strategies

What Happens Once I Am Referred?

The process below is provided visually in Figure 01

Welcome Workshop (Group)

The Welcome workshop is a chance to learn about our program offerings and ask any questions you may have.

Figure 01 - What Happens Once I Am Referred?
Figure 01
Complete Entry Questionnaire Session (Group)

At the Entry Questionnaire Session, you will complete forms and outcome measurement tools so that we can evaluate your progress throughout the program.

Program Admission/ Initial Decision Guide Meeting

During the Initial Decision Guide Meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your condition and begin to establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Based) goals with the decision guide who will meet with you to assist in determining your needs.

Program Services

The Program Services are offered at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (710 Victoria Avenue) and include our 6-week program and our PACE-IT (Pain Assessment Collaborative Education Interprofessional Therapy) program.

Outreach Services

The Outreach Services are currently being offered at NorWest Community Health Centres and at Fort William Family Health Team where we offer a condensed version of our PACE-IT program.

Exit Questionnaire Session (Group)

At the Exit Questionnaire Session, you will be asked to complete the outcome measurement tools again and evaluate your satisfaction with the program.

What is Chronic Pain?

  • Pain that is ongoing longer than 3-6 months
  • Pain that has not improved with other treatments
  • Pain that affects many, is complex, and impacts all aspects of your life (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual)

What is the Chronic Pain Management Program (CPMP)?

An interprofessional team with the intent of helping you.

Encouraging return to daily movement
Encouraging return to daily movement
  • Learn and develop coping strategies to manage your pain (e.g. pacing, planning, relaxing, goal setting, communicating assertively, and thinking in adaptive ways)
  • Set realistic goals to start regaining control over your life, while increasing your knowledge of chronic pain and chronic pain self-management
  • Remain active and engage in meaningful activities (e.g. recreation, household, vocational, hobbies, and social)
  • Identify other community services you can access
  • Improve posture, overall physical fitness, emotional health, and quality of life

What Services Are Available?

Program Services

Offered at St. Joseph’s Health Centre  (710 Victoria Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario)

The 6-week Program is an intensive, daily (half day) outpatient interprofessional self-management program focused on skills, support, and education to help participants cope with pain.

Pain Assessment Collaborative Education Interprofessional Therapy (PACE IT) is a combination of: weekly education sessions (1 hour), light movement exercises (30 minutes), and individual appointments with clinicians that have been identified to assist you with your goals during your initial decision guide meeting.

Outreach Services

Pain Assessment Collaborative Education Interprofessional Therapy (PACE IT) is offered at NorWest Community Health Centres (525 Simpson Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Fort William Family Health Team (1260 Golf Links Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario) as an opportunity to patients of these clinics to receive care at their primary care provider’s office.

Who is on the Chronic Pain Management Program Team?

Collaborating between participants and clinicians
Collaborating between participants and clinicians
  • Administrative Support
  • Consulting Pain Physician
  • CPMP Manager
  • Family Physician/Nurse Practitioner
  • Kinesiologist
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychological Associate
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Therapeutic Recreationist

How Can I Get Started With These Services?

Please talk with your Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner who can refer you to our program

How We Support Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health?

Through ongoing consultations, education sessions, and communication. Join our ECHO sessions on Chronic Pain & Opioid Stewardship for case-based learning.

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