The aim of the Veteran and Family Well-Being series is to provide education on the evolution of pain management and current best practices in evidence-based interdisciplinary care. Presented in an accessible manner, the target audience is Veterans, their families, health care professionals, case managers, and researchers. The reoccurring theme throughout is the importance of prioritizing the overall quality of life of a Veteran and their families using a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to help guide their chronic pain management programs.

The Impact on Self and Families

Fall 2021

The Impact on Families

November 24, 2021
In the first session of our fall 2021 education series, we explored transgenerational chronic pain which means the impact on children when one of their parents has chronic pain. This session began with the latest research into the topic being conducted by Dr. Melanie Noel at the University of Calgary. Dr. Noel is presently conducting a study focussed on military families. Following her presentation, we were pleased to welcome Dr. Helena Hawryluk and Jerris Popik from Wounded Warriors Canada to discuss their existing programs to build resilience in children and youth.

Identity and Re-Integration

December 1, 2021
During our next session, we discussed military culture and the identity of military members. Dr. Jim Thompson from the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) and Tom Hoppe, Chair of the CPCoE Advisory Council for Veterans, shared their research and experience on the topic. The change in identity has an impact on individuals when they leave the military, especially as it relates to those with chronic pain. We then transitioned from identity to re-integration. Tom Carter, Dr. Elisabeth Saxton, and Eryn Weldon from CBI Health joined us to discuss how they reconnect Veterans with their families, hobbies, and lives. They were joined by a Veteran in their clinic, Doug, who shared his personal journey with pain.

How the Mind and Body Experience Pain

Spring 2021

The Canadian Situation

June 9, 2021
The Veterans Affairs Canada Life After Service Studies (LASS) found that 40.8 per cent of Veterans suffered from chronic pain. In this session, Dr. Jason Busse shared his analysis of the data collected. Veterans Affairs Canada funds 10 independent Operation Stress Injury (OSI) clinics. Saint Anne’s Hospital in Quebec is unique to Canada for having an interdisciplinary pain management centre and OSI clinic under the same roof and management team. With the overlap in conditions that Veterans face between chronic pain and mental health, this model allows health care providers to better engage with required specialists as part of providing care for Veterans. In this session, Josie Pierre, Manager of the pain and OSI clinic at Saint Anne’s Hospital, and her team shared their experiences in treating Veterans under this model of care.

How the Mind and Body Experience Pain

June 2, 2021
In this session Adria Fransson, a practitioner at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic in Hamilton, Ontario, shared insights from their pain program about the physiology of how pain impacts well-being. She was followed by Dr. Joy MacDermid, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Gender, Work, and Health, who discussed the importance of sex and gender in research and introduced her project on identifying differences in chronic pain treatment needs and responses based on sex and gender in Canadian Veterans.

A Person-Centered, Evidence-Based Approach to Chronic Pain

Fall 2020

Outcomes of Interdisciplinary Pain Management

December 9, 2020
In our final symposium, Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink and Dr. Benjamin Kligler from the Veterans Health Administration returned to share their findings and the initial outcomes from their Whole Health Project. The second presentation featured Dr. Eleni Hapidou from the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic who presented the results from her study highlighting the success experienced by Veterans with chronic pain once they had been enrolled in an interdisciplinary pain management program. Her study was published in the Canadian Journal of Pain in August 2020.

Measuring the Effectiveness of Pain Management

November 25, 2020
The second in our series of educational symposiums featured Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret’d) from United States Department of Defense (DOD) Uniformed Services University’s (USU) Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). Dr. Buckenmaier’s presentation focused on how new pain management strategies have been explored to address the needs of service members in the last two decades. This symposium also featured Dr. Brenda Lau, the Founder and Medical Director of CHANGEpain, an interdisciplinary pain clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia, who is leading a pilot project on virtual care for Veterans.

An Evidence-Based Approach to Pain Management

November 18, 2020
Our first virtual symposium focused on a patient-centred approach to pain management and featured two researchers from the United States Veterans Health Administration, Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD and Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH. This symposium also included the Centre of Excellence’s Dr. Jason Busse who discussed his latest research on the effectiveness of cannabis in the management of chronic pain which will be published in the British Medical Journal in Summer 2021.
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