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


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

Email: event.registration@family-medicine.ca

Website: http://family-medicine.ca/event/learn-to-manage-your-fibromyalgia/

Poster: http://family-medicine.ca/images/Fibromyalgia-poster-2016.pdf


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): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6b9flSfQK81SmFtZlRJOGN5UTA

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.”

Read more here:

People in Pain Network Pain ToolKit

Offers two Pain ToolKits:

Adult Pain ToolKit

Developed to help adults to manage the daily challenges faced for people living with persistent pain:

Youth Pain ToolKit

Developed to help youth people to manage the daily challenges faced for people living with persistent pain:

Low Back Pain: CORE Back Tool

The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) has created the following:
as part of the Provincial Low Back Pain Project.

You will find many tools on their site, including the ones below.

As part of the Excellent Care for All Strategy, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) has funded a provincial initiative on Low Back Pain which aims to enhance patient care, improve wait times and reduce inappropriate diagnostic utilization. Education tools have been developed to assist primary care providers in better managing patients with low back pain.


The Centre for Effective Practice is excited to release a new patient video on Low Back Pain created by Dr. Mike Evans (Health Design Lab) and developed in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, and the Institute for Work & Health.

The video is targeted at Ontario adults who may be experiencing an episode of low back pain and is based on existing primary care provider evidence-informed standardized clinical tools and resources previously developed as part of the provincial Strategy.


For Patients:


Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) is a national not-for-profit organization that is funded through its project work with organizations that have a shared vision for improving the quality of care for Canadians.