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Improving Coordinated Care for Chronic Opioid Therapy in Alberta

About the Study Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt), led by Dr. Lee Green, is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand the thinking and decision-making processes that take place when family physicians and pharmacists manage chronic opioid therapy for those with chronic pain and/or substance use disorders. This study is a partnership…

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The Challenge of Complexity

By Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw & Dr. Leah Phillips To enlarge the image on the right, click here. Given the current precarious state of health care in Alberta, we are reminded now more than ever about the challenge of complexity. We are challenged by our patients’ conditions, by our health care system, and by our own…

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Behind the Scenes – Get to Know the CMN Coordinators

Over the past year, the CMN has grown to include more than 250 members from different professions and backgrounds with a passion for chronic pain and/or substance use. Behind every Virtual Collaboration Forum, educational event, member welcome email, and more are CMN Coordinators Kerri McNabb (pictured left) and Agatha Grochowski (pictured right). When you reach…

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Up Your Chronic Pain Game! – FREE Pain BC Courses

CMN members can take advantage of this accredited opportunity to help manage chronic pain in their practice. The CMN has partnered with Pain BC to offer three valuable courses to members, free of charge. These courses include “Pain Foundations for Primary Care” ($280 value), “Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers” ($280 value), and “Gentle Movement…

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Chronic Pain – It’s Not About the Cure, It’s About the Context

By Dr. Leah Phillips “Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.” – Marcel Proust All people feel pain; pain is unavoidable. Yet for some, pain is an uninvited dictator in their lives. It taunts and angers them from the beginning to…

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A Patient’s Journey with Pain – Finding HELP AB

By Agatha Grochowski Tracy Fossum has been in a long-term relationship with chronic pain for as long as she can remember. Through the years, Tracy’s pain became harder to manage. “I felt very unstable. I didn’t know what it meant and where it was going… I didn’t understand what was happening to me.” Even with…

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The (em)Power of Pathways

Better Care for Patients: Learning from Jocelan Yeomans, Individual with Lived Experience By the age of 23, Jocelan Yeomans found herself married with three children. With a difficult childhood behind her, she felt overwhelmed and ill equipped at this stage of her life. Things took a turn when a friend introduced her to crack cocaine,…

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Speaking on Stigma in Our Systems – How Can we Make Change?

I have been thinking a lot about stigma and its implications for people with substance use disorders and/or chronic pain. Stigma is defined as “an attribute or quality which significantly discredits one in the eyes of others.”[i] The Fear of StigmatizationAt a recent session of the Community of Practice for Housing and Harm Reduction, the…

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