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Dr. Cathy Jeffery, Dr. Susan Tupper

Just a few updates to share before summer.

Board changes:

We would like to thank Dr. Anita Chakravarti for her excellent service as a SaskPain board member since the fall of 2020. It was an honor to have benefited from Dr. Chakravarti's expertise, and passionate advocacy for the development and improvement of pain management resources in Saskatchewan. She continues her focused and important work on mindfulness and healthcare provider wellness and resilience. A very hearty thank-you to Dr. Chakravarti. We wish her well in her continued work.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a SaskPain Board member, please email Contact SaskPain or view the SaskPain Board Member application at this link SaskPain Board Member Application

In this Newsletter:
  • SaskPain recognized as a collaborative partner with the newly formed Pain Canada.
  • Dr. Susan Tupper represents SaskPain on the Pain Canada National Advisory Committee.
  • SaskPain continues to partner on the research project, Improving Pain in Saskatchewan.
  • Partners in Pain the online sessions - where to find recordings.
  • Your Partners in Pain podcasts - where to find recordings.
  • Research and improvement opportunities.
  • Upcoming learning opportunities and conferences.
  • Resources for pain management.
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SaskPain has been named a collaborative partner with the newly announced national organization, Pain Canada. Our Board Chair, Dr. Susan Tupper will represent SaskPain on the Pain Canada National Advisory Committee.

Pain Canada is a multi-stakeholder, national initiative supported by Pain BC. It is the home-base for the eight million people in Canada living with chronic pain and creates new opportunities for action by connecting people, ideas, organizations and resources to enable a national movement. Pain Canada was created in response to Health Canada's Canadian Pain Task Force 2021 report An Action Plan for Pain in Canada.

Saskatchewan will benefit from being a partner with this new national action network that will work to advocate for country-wide standards, encourage pain-related research, promote equity, and influence policymakers.

Pain Canada is the first multi-stakeholder national initiative where people with lived experience of pain are at the center of decision-making and priority-setting. Resources will be mobilized to build capacity towards dramatically improved systems of care and support for people with pain.

For more information about the important work Pain Canada is leading check the website Pain Canada.
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Improving Pain in SK Research Project:

The Improving Pain in Saskatchewan (IPSK) Research team has been busy with knowledge mobilization. Find study updates on our website at: https://www.saskpain.ca/pain-research/

Achievements and activities update:
  • 152 interviews with people living with chronic pain and family caregivers, healthcare providers, health services decision makers, and community based organization representatives.
  • 61 recommended change strategies were identified, including service program elements (what programs or services needed to improve pain) and service delivery elements (how care can be delivered) Recommended Change Strategies
  • Yorkton area working group has held 23 online Partners in Pain education and support group sessions with 387 people attending live and over 670 video views on YouTube.
  • Saskatoon area working group is pleased to announce they received funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) and Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) to develop graphic medicine stories (educational comics) about pain-related stigma and patient-oriented solutions. This project was profiled in an article titled, "Supporting solutions to Saskatchewan's growing addictions problem" by Greg Basky for SHRF on March 30, 2022.
  • Regina area working group has been busy engaging stakeholders to prioritize and select change strategies for their Phase 2 activities. We'll have more updates in our fall newsletter about this exciting work.
  • Our team is busy mobilizing what we learned in the interviews with people living with pain. Two scientific posters were submitted to the Canadian Pain Society conference and we are preparing two manuscripts on the research. View the two scientific posters at these links: IPSK CPS 2022 Change Strategies Poster IPSK CPS 2022 Partners in Pain Results Poster
Want to keep up to date on our research?
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Improving Pain In SK Newsletter Can Be Found Here

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Partners in Pain - The Online Sessions

This series of interactive workshop series has wrapped up, but you can still access recordings of the sessions.

Sessions consist of guest speakers who present on a variety of interesting topics related to pain management. In addition, a person with lived experience shares their story and strategies, and the session concludes with an activity that can range from an art project to the art of the practice of mindfulness techniques.

All of the session recordings can be found on SaskPain's website or at the YouTube link below: Partners in Pain Recordings

Topics of sessions in this series relating to pain include massage therapy, sleep, managing stress, biomedical dry needling, how culture shapes the world of pain, caregiver well-being, and nutrition.

Planning is underway to offer Partners in Pain 2.0 in the near future and to make this important series more accessible to even more people in Saskatchewan. Stay tuned!

If you would like more information please contact the Program Coordinator Selene Daniel-Whyte selene.daniel.whyte@usask.ca

This Phase of Partners in Pain was funded in part by a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund.

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Podcast & Audio Interview

This series of "Your Partners in Pain" podcast has wrapped up. Thanks to the generous support of the Community Initiatives Fund for making this series possible. "Your Partners In Pain” is a resource and initiative that seeks to raise awareness, spread knowledge, and give individuals a platform to share their personal stories about living with pain. Users can download these 30-minute audio interviews to a personal device for easy listening, or stream the episodes online.

During this series, we have spoken to a number of pain advocates and researchers about topics like CRPS, living with pain as a pediatric patient, self advocacy, pelvic pain and endometriosis, holistic pain care, the pain cycle, and the activities associated with the IPSK project.

Episodes 1 through 16 can be found on our website, social media pages, Apple Podcast, GooglePodcast, Spotify, our SaskPain Youtube, or our Transistor homepage for audio download (below).

SaskPain is always interested in speaking to Saskatchewan-based individuals about their lived experience of pain, professionals who are involved in pain research, or clinicians focusing on pain management. Please email Contact SaskPain if you are interested in sharing your experience.

Planning is underway to offer another series of podcasts in the near future.

We welcome feedback or suggestions on this endeavor, and any questions can be directed to Alexandria.pavelich@usask.ca

Research and Improvement Opportunities - Info and How to Participate

Mindfulness Program for Teens with Menstrual Pain

Do you know a teen living with menstrual pain? The Family Health Lab at the University of Saskatchewan is continuing to recruit teens to take part in a study of an online mindfulness intervention group for menstrual pain.
To participate, teens must be 14 to 18 years old, have experienced their first menstrual period, experience menstrual pain that interferes with their daily functioning (e.g., school, socializing with friends or family), live in Saskatchewan, be enrolled in high school, and have access to a computer to attend sessions from a private location.
Participating teens would be asked to take part in a small mindfulness group with other teens who experience menstrual pain for 90 minutes weekly for six weeks online via Zoom, and to complete short online surveys.
If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in this study, please contact Kayla Wall at kayla.wall@usask.ca OR visit Mindfulness Intervention For Teens With Menstrual Pain

Share your feedback on the Pediatric Chronic Pain Pathway

Lend your voice to improve the Pediatric Chronic Pain Pathway for primary care and community care settings! Members of our team are collecting national feedback from young people living with pain, their family caregivers, and healthcare providers on the pathway.

The idea is that the pathway document can be edited for different provinces or regions with links to local services. It puts a list of resources at the fingertips of clinicians and hopefully supports communication about chronic pain management.

Please complete the 10-15 minute survey and share information about this study with others who may want to take part.
Pediatric Chronic Pain Pathway Improvement Survey

Resources for Pain Management - Local and National

In addition to resources and information that you can find on the SaskPain Website
our provincial and national partners also have excellent offerings:

Pain BC
Pain BC offers many resources for persons who have lived experience and health care providers. Check out their website for array of resources and information: Pain BC

Pain Society of Alberta
The Pain Society of Alberta (PSA) has recently updated their resources page.
Check it out here: PSA Resources

Canadian Pain Society
The Canadian Pain Society held it's Annual Scientific Meeting in May 2022. You can see highlights from this important national event here: CPS Annual Scientific Meeting Highlights
Upcoming Learning Opportunities and Conferences

University of Saskatchewan Continuing Medical Education Interprofessional Online Learning - Pain & Therapeutics
This course was developed out of an interdisciplinary conference (Pain & Therapeutics November 2021) that focused on mental health, complex pain and substance use disorders. The overall goal of the course is to provide the learner with the information, tools and resources to better understand and deal with patient's pain and therapeutics.
This course is open to Family Physicians, Specialist Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Residents, Researchers, Health Sciences Students, and other health care professionals.
See the online course poster for additional information about learning objectives and registration:
U of S CME Online Course

2022 World Pain Summit - Save the Date
The Pain Society of Alberta (PSA) has announced the 2022 World Pain Summit will be offered from Friday October 14 - Sunday October 16
Check out the website for more information and updates PSA 2022 World Pain Summit
Dr. Andrea Furlan YouTube Videos for People with Lived Pain Experience

Dr. Andrea Furlan MD PhD is a rehabilitation physician and pain specialist in Toronto, Ontario. She has developed YouTube videos that address chronic pain conditions, treatment, and prevention. Her videos provide practical information for people with lived pain experience and health care providers who practice in the area of pain management. In addition to English, most of her videos have closed captions in other languages including Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, French, Filipino, and Chinese.

Dr. Furlan continually adds new content to her YouTube channel: Dr Andrea Furlan YouTube Channel
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