Doctors are often educating patients about chronic pain—ensuring they are aware of the effect of pain on their functional ability, teaching them skills for self-management, and helping them to uncover anxiety or depression related to their pain. The Pain Management module aims to enhance the skills of family physicians to better support patients with chronic non-cancer pain and to help patients improve their ability to function, and thereby:
- Improve the experiences of patients and their families through better management of chronic non-cancer pain.
- Improve physician experience through increased confidence in identifying and managing patients with persistent pain.
- Reduce health care utilization costs to the system through optimal use of general practice and specialist services.
- Better understand the physiological, psychological, environmental and social factors that impact chronic pain.
- Identify, assess and manage patients with persistent pain.
- Communicate effectively with pain patients.
- Build a patient registry.
- Develop a care plan.
- Promote self-management to improve function in patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
- Collaborate with patients, families, pain specialists, allied health professionals, and non-government agencies to optimize the management of treatment of persistent pain.
- Make use of EMR tools supporting the management of patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
To support the care provided to patients, doctors are encouraged to access simple and useful EMR-enabled tools and resources. For child and youth mental health, the free screening and diagnostic tools include:
- Patient history relevant to chronic non-cancer pain.
- Red Flag Information.
- Brief Pain Inventory / Pain Disability Index.
- PHQ9 Depression Questionnaire.
- GAD7 Anxiety Questionnaire.
- Pain Catastrophizing Scale Questionnaire.
- DN4 Neuropathic Index Questionnaire.
- Yellow Flag Information.
While the Pain Management learning module is primarily aimed at family doctors, medical office assistants are also invited to participate.