Chronic Pain 101 Continuing Education Program for Community Pharmacists

Mar 21 2015 -
8:00am to 5:30pm

Burnside Gorge Community Centre
Education Room
471 Cecelia Rd
Victoria, BC V8T 4T4

Join Pain BC for an 8-hour accredited live module in Chronic Pain Management, supplemented with one-to-one mentoring on clinical pain consultations.

Program Goals and Learning Objectives

The goals of this program are to empower community pharmacists across BC to: 

  • Improve patient safety through thorough counselling and improved compliance

  • Improve pharmaceutical care through rationalising and optimising medication use

  • Enhance patient care through improved medication reviews

  • Improve patient health outcomes by empowering patients to manage their pain and providing them with available resources

  • Improve system safety through improving alerting processes to the provider team

  • Increase patient access to pain related healthcare services

  • Improve collaborative relationships with other members of the healthcare team

  • Improve the management of pain through shared clinical care

After the one-day workshop and mentoring sessions, pharmacists will be able to: 

  • Understand the biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain assessment and management

  • Understand the current evidence on chronic pain

  • Complete a comprehensive Clinical Consult for Pain Patients

  • Skilfully apply the Opioid Management Tools and Assessment Forms

  • Work more effectively in a multi-disciplinary context

  • Communicate effectively with pain patients

  • Understand and be able to refer to pain resources for patients 

Program Certificate

To receive the continuing education certificate of completion for this program, participants will be required to attend the live one-day program and complete one initial chronic pain consult and one follow-up consult for 2 patients in their own practice setting.

This program has been approved for CCCEP accreditation for 9.0 credits.

Program Cost and Sponsorship

The total cost for this program is $250 per person. This includes: 8 hour instructional program, course materials, one-to-one assessment and mentoring on pain consults, refreshment breaks and lunch. 

8 Hour Live Program Modules Include: 

  • Understanding and communicating with the patient in pain
  • Pathogenesis of pain and assessment of pain
  • Understanding the role of non-opioid analgesics, opioid analgesics and co-analgesics
  • Understanding the role of non medication strategies in the management of chronic pain
  • Opioid related issues- monitoring, managing, switching and tapering, misuse and addiction
  • Using a case study to apply pain management knowledge and skills

Who is Pain BC?


Pain BC is a non-profit organization that had been leading efforts to reduce the burden of pain in BC. To this end, Pain BC has been working to build providers’ skills and confidence in pain assessment and management, to educate and mobilize people in pain, and advance system change and innovation.


Pain BC has been working with the Doctors of BC (formerly BC Medical Association) to develop Pain Champions among GPs and specialists, and to create community-based, interdisciplinary networks with expertise in assessing and treating chronic pain. For more information, see or contact us

Faculty and Expert Reviewers 

The program has been developed and will be delivered by: 


Dr. Marylene Kyriazis BPharm PharmD 

Clinical Instructor, UBC 

Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Edgewood Vancouver Addiction Services 


Dr. Thuy Nguyen BSc (Pharm) PharmD 

Pharmacy Advisor WorkSafeBC 

Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Bradric Consulting 

Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, Edgewood Vancouver Addiction Services

Event Sponsors: 

The cost of the program has been offset by a grant from the College of Pharmacists of BC and funding through grants from Purdue Pharma and Eli Lilly.  The final cost is $250.00.  In addition, the BC Pharmacy Association is providing a $50 honoraria to all participants who complete the pain consults. 

Pain BC is grateful to our partners for making this program possible.