Research Profile

Read about the Improving Pain in Saskatchewan Study.

The Improving Pain Care in Saskatchewan research team grew from SaskPain stakeholder dialogues. The goal of this research is to improve services and supports for pain management in Saskatchewan by giving people living with pain a voice in health services planning. The research is taking place in Saskatoon’s downtown core neighbourhoods, Yorkton, and Regina (pediatric services). Phase 1 of the research is complete with 152 interviews of 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. Our team is collecting feedback on the phase 1 data. Next steps include developing working groups to plan, implement, and evaluate selected change strategies. Our team has already received additional funding from the Community Initiatives Fund to develop an online education/support group for people living with pain called Partners in Pain - see YouTube links below for the recorded pilot sessions. Look for event announcements on our social media (Facebook: Improving Pain in SK and Instagram: @improvingpainsk). If you have any questions or would like more information about our research, please contact: Dr. Susan Tupper: or Karen Juckes: Team members include: Dr. Susan Tupper (Principal Investigator), Karen Juckes (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Pamela Downe (Professor, Anthropology & Archaeology), Dr. Karen Lawson (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Colleen Dell (Professor, Sociology), Erin Beckwell (Patient Family Advocate), Ross McCreery (Patient Family Advocate), Sharon Okeeweehow (Patient Family Advocate), Cristina Ugolini (SHA Primary Health), Jeannie Coe (SHA Nurse Practitioner), Dr. Krista Baerg (SHA Pediatrics), Jessica Jack (Research Assistant), Megan Hewson (Research Assistant), Cassie Jones (Research Assistant), Alexandria Pavelich (Research Assistant), and Selene Daniel-Whyte (Project Manager). This research was made possible through funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (Sprout Grant 2020-2023).

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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.