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The Pain BC blog serves as a space for relevant chronic pain news, events, stories and other opportunities available for people living with pain.

 

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Addressing chronic pain and overdose in the trades

January 15, 2021

The overdose crisis has taken the lives of more than 6,500 British Columbians and more than 17,000 Canadians since 2016. Many of those who have died have several things in common: they were mostly male, a significant number worked in construction and supporting industries, and more than half were living with physical pain.

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Two advocates with pain co-author toolkit on neuropathic pain

January 14, 2021

Two patient advocates living with chronic pain who have teamed up to create a new Pain Toolkit for Neuropathic Pain. The new resource is specifically designed to support people living with neuropathic pain with self-management tips and recommendations, and help health care professionals initiate and guide self-management conversations with patients.

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BC patient advocates working to improve global pediatric pain care

December 15, 2020

Two patient partners from Squamish, BC, Zach and Isabel Jordan, played a critical role in the development and publication of the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Commission on Delivering transformative action in pediatric pain.

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Canadian Pain Task Force delivers second report to Health Canada

November 18, 2020

The Canadian Pain Task Force delivered its second report to Health Canada on November 6, 2020 following a series of extensive in-person and online consultations from July 2019 through August 2020 to identify best practices to better understand, prevent, and manage chronic pain.

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2020 Interdisciplinary Pain Education Day sees greatest attendance in conference’s history

October 27, 2020

This year’s conference was offered virtually and saw the greatest attendance since its inception more than a decade ago – more than 600 people registered from across Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Annual conference sponsored by Pain BC, 2020 Interdisciplinary Pain Education Day, to be held virtually for the first time

September 28, 2020

The Interdisciplinary Pain Education Day annual conference - taking place on October 23, 2020 this year - has grown into one of BC’s most important events to foster ongoing pain education and networking opportunities for health care providers.

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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Ada, Coaching for Health

September 29, 2020

Ada GlusteinWhen you first hear the name “Coaching for Health”, you may have images in your head of a coach with a towel, sweating it o

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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Ryan, Pain Support and Wellness Groups

July 29, 2020

Ryan LewisLooking back on my path to becoming a volunteer with Pain BC's 

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Responding to the needs of people with pain during COVID-19

During COVID-19, Pain BC continues to operate at full capacity and is rapidly mobilizing to address the emerging needs of people with pain. Our work in education, support services, research and advocacy have and will continue to pivot to meet the unprecedented challenges of this time. We’re in this with you.

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Reflections from Pain BC volunteers: Sofia, Pain Support Line

March 25, 2020

Sofia, Pain Support Line VolunteerSince becoming a proud Pain Support Line volunteer in May 2019, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about pain physiology and pain management

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Why I give: Donor Bev Evanchu

March 23, 2020

Despite having a limited income, Bev is a regular donor to Pain BC because she deeply values the organization’s work to improve the lives of people with pain.

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Reflections from a Pain Support Line volunteer

March 20, 2020

“I am exhausted and hopeless.” This is just one of the many discouraging statements I hear regularly from clients who contact Pain BC’s Pain Support Line to seek advice, resources or even just a listening ear.

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Canadian Pain Task Force Update: March 2020

March 20, 2020

In spring of 2019, Health Canada established the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF) to recommend an improved approach to pain care, education, research and data monitoring in Canada.

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COVID-19 news and resources for people living with pain

The growing concern over the community transmission of COVID-19 can be overwhelming, but please know that you're not alone with pain. During this time, Pain BC is committed to continuing to do what we’ve always done: working towards a future where no one is alone with pain. 

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Providing equitable pain education and support for Indigenous peoples

March 13, 2020

Chronic pain impacts people of all ages, genders and from all communities, but when pain is complicated by trauma and systemic racism, effective health care can become particularly difficult to access.

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