Research Profile

Read about the Improving Pain in Saskatchewan Study.

SaskPain is a supporting organization for The Improving Pain in Saskatchewan (IPSK) research project. The team is in the final phase of their work that began in March 2020 thanks to funding from The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research and Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund. Phase 1 included 152 interviews with people living with pain, their supporters, healthcare providers, community based organization representatives, and health services decision makers. Participants identified 61 potential change strategies including new health services, education and awareness, supports for navigation and care coordination, and support groups. The Phase 1 results are part of the data being used by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to inform development of a provincial pain services strategy. Phase 2 and 3 for the IPSK work involved development, implementation, and evaluation of change strategies selected by working groups in three communities.  
  • The Yorkton area working group ran a series of online education and support groups for people living with pain called Partners in Pain. See recordings of these sessions and our Podcasts on the SaskPain YouTube Channel.
  • The Regina area working group held a conference on pediatric pain on November 25, 2022 in conjunction with the University of Saskatchewan Pain & Therapeutics Conference.
  • The Regina team is finishing work on a children's book and curriculum resources for Grade 3 to 5 students on chronic pain in children. The curriculum materials related to Health, English Language Arts, Social Studies and Physical Education. The story is about Rikki, an adventurous, determined, fun-loving child living with complex pain. Rikki is preparing for a big relay race during the school play-day. Rikki experiences excitement, disappointment, and validation over the course of the story. The curriculum resource includes slides, tools, and printable materials to educate both teachers and students about complex pain in children. Contact Dr. Karen Juckes ( for more information on how to access the book or materials for your classrooms.
  • The Regina team also tested use of virtual reality headsets in hospital wards in Regina for management of pain in children undergoing painful healthcare procedures.
  • The Saskatoon team worked with Arcana Creative to develop three graphic medicine stories (educational comics) for healthcare provider education that aim to challenge stigma around pain and substance use. The stories tell both the patient and provider perspectives and challenge readers to reflect on ways that pain management can be improved and accessed. Contact Dr. Susan Tupper ( for more information on the research.
    • Theresa's story is about a young pregnant woman living with chronic pain after a motor vehicle collision. Theresa's Story
    • Jim and Dr. Houghton's story is about a man living with chronic pain after back surgery. Jim's Story
    • Dennis and Nurse Tracy's story is about a man in hospital struggling with pain and withdrawal symptoms. Dennis' Story

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News from outside Saskatchewan

Dive into pain news and research from across Canada and around the world.

Canadian Pain Task Force
The Canadian Pain Task Force was established to address challenges those living with pain face related to stigma and access to health services.
Click here to learn about how the CPTF is seeking online consultations on how to improve how we prevent, manage, and learn about pain in Canada.
Pain BC
Pain BC is an organization whose aim is to transform the way pain is understand and treat pain in the province of British Columbia. This can’t be done without changing the systems that people rely on to live well.
National Pain Centre (McMaster University)
Established in 2010, the National Pain Centre’s mission is to improve the management of pain through the dissemination of best practice information.
Pain Society of Alberta
The Pain Society of Alberta’s mission is the provision of education, resources, and support for healthcare providers in effort to improve care and outcomes for those in pain.
The International Assocation for the Study of Pain was founded in 1973. The IASP mission is to bring together scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.