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When opioids help with pain

Sandra Gartz is a drug user — a prescription drug user.

The 62-year-old Kitchener woman takes prescribed codeine in the form of Tylenol 3s for a decades-old workplace injury when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Starting last month the provincial government instituted restrictions on high-dose prescriptions of opioids to people on the Ontario drug plan and Gartz worries what that will mean for people like her who rely on the potent painkillers.

Click the link below to read more on the Waterloo Region Record
By Liz Monteiro and Anam Latif

Originally posted by the Record on Feb. 18, 2017


McMaster receives funding to help patients with chronic illness March 31, 2016 (with video clip)

If you suffer from a chronic illness, there’s new hope coming from McMaster University. The Federal government is spending over $60 million for research that is not only focused on patients but asks for their input to help develop new treatments.

Federal Health Minister and family doctor Jane Philpott announced $62 million in funding for 5 new research networks, two of which will be at McMaster in Hamilton, the others are located at McGill in Montreal, the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. Each one will have a different focus. At UBC it will be chronic kidney disease. McGill will do research for children with a brain disability. U of T will focus on diabetes, while McMaster will research gastro intestinal disease and chronic pain.

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Health minister boosts chronic pain, IBS research funding March 31, 2016

For chronic pain and bowel disease sufferers, getting almost $25 million from the federal government and another $67 million from interested parties for Hamilton-centred research is a very big deal.

This attention to the patients’ excruciating illnesses, and this new research based on their guidance, is boosting their hopes for improvements or cures.

“Undermanaged chronic pain is an epidemic in Canada,” said Kitchener resident Lynn Cooper at Health Minister Jane Philpott’s McMaster University funding announcement on Thursday.

Seven million Canadians — one in five — suffer from devastating chronic pain, said Cooper, president of the Canadian Pain Coalition.

“At its worst, this pain is disabling, dehumanizing, and deadly when people take their lives because they can no longer bear the pain.”

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Research grants to study gut bacteria, IBD, IBS and the microbiome awarded to U of Calgary March 31, 2016

A unique set of grants focused on patient-oriented research were announced today. Patients and their families were involved in the research process and were able to formulate the types of questions they want scientists to answer about the diseases that affect them.

Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced the funding of five new research networks through Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) at an event held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. The University of Calgary is co-leading two of the initiatives focused on gastrointestinal disease and kidney disease.

The gastrointestinal disease component is a national collaboration of patients and scientists that will look at how gut bacteria and diet cause IBD, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and the anxiety and depression associated with these disorders.

There is a basic science component to the project that involves the microbiome centre at the University of Calgary where researchers will work to understand gut bacteria in the bowel.

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Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time.

Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.

The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.

SPOR is a coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners – all dedicated to the integration of research into care:

  • patients and caregivers
  • researchers
  • health practitioners
  • policy makers
  • provincial/territorial health authorities
  • academic institutions
  • charities
  • private sector


Also see the website for: Pan-Canadian SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations.


Learn to Manage Your Fibromyalgia

There are 2 workshops/seminars taking place concurrently in Cambridge and Kitchener.

Kitchener – Learn to Manage Your Fibromyalgia

When: Every Monday at 1:00 – 3:30
from April 11, 2016 to May 16, 2016

Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Contact: 519-783-0020 ext. 3106





Cambridge – Learn to Manage Your Fibromyalgia

When: Every Monday at 1:00 – 3:30
from April 11, 2016 to May 16, 2016

Cost: Free, but registration is required.

Contact: Lynda 519-653-1470 ext. 383

Poster (pdf):

Family physician helps patients with chronic pain

“… with all of my patients with chronic pain, in addition to providing referrals, investigations, specialist consults, and medication changes and renewals; I can offer education and self-management resources. I negotiate with patients the agenda to discuss self-management during regular monthly follow-up appointments which is important for pharmaco-vigilance and encouraging a systematic comprehensive approach to care.”

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