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Patent Resources

Living with chronic pain is not easy, but support and resources are available to help you.

Obtaining clear and accurate information is one of the first steps to successfully and safely manage chronic pain as well as its treatment. On this page you will find useful links and online resources with information about living with chronic non-cancer pain and safely managing its treatment with opioids, so that you can help yourself, your client, your family member or your friend increase their quality of life with chronic pain.

The links below have been selected from well-known and reputable sources to provide you with the best information possible; however, we are not responsible for the content or accessibility of these external websites.

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NATIONAL LINKS  

1. Health Canada

2. Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

3. Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

4. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

5. Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP)

  • ISMP Canada works collaboratively with stakeholders to promote safe medication practices. This organization provides external links to the Safe Medication Use website and web portal for patients to report medication incidents.

    http://www.ismp-canada.org/index.htm

6. International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

7. People in Pain Network (PPN)

ALBERTA  

1. Government of Alberta

BRITISH COLUMBIA  

1. College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)

2. Pain Toolbox

MANITOBA  

1. Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)

NOVA SCOTIA  

1. Capital Health

QUEBEC  

1. Association Québécoise de la Douleur Chronique

2. Collège des Médecins du Québec

FIRST NATIONS INFORMATION LINKS 

1. Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health

2. Health Canada National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program

3. Nishnawbe Aski Nation

  • Advocating to improve the quality of life for the people in areas of education, lands and resources, health, governance, and justice.

    http://www.nan.on.ca/

VIDEO LINKS  

1. Alberta Health Services

  • Chronic Pain Lecture Series
  • This series offers information about the nature of pain and the ways that the body’s systems are affected by pain. It provides basic information, so that other components of the Centre’s program may be better understood and incorporated into everyday life. The series consists of 10 lectures.

    https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/services/Page2790.aspx

2. Eyes Wide Open: A Canadian Discussion to Reduce Opioid-Related Harms

3. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada

4. Pain Toolbox

  • "Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes": A straightforward explanation of the latest evidence-based approaches to chronic pain management.

    https://www.liveplanbe.ca/pain-education