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Ontario Pain Management Resources

A Partnership to Help Clinicians Support their Patients

Pain Supports matrix

Helping patients manage pain is complex. To help navigate this challenging landscape and support health care providers across the health system, Health Quality Ontario and organizations across the province offer a coordinated program of supports to help family doctors, nurse practitioners and other primary care clinicians manage their patients’ pain, including the appropriate use of opioids.

The following provides a one-stop summary of available pain management supports.

 

  • Opioid Wisely
    A campaign that encourages thoughtful conversation between clinicians and patients to reduce harms associated with opioid prescribing.

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    For more information, contact Info@choosingwiselycanada.org
  • The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
    Clinical practice guideline on the use of opioids to manage chronic non-cancer pain for adults (18 years of age or older).

    Learn more

    For more information, contact npc@mcmaster.ca
  • CRISM National Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder
    First Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorders developed by the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse (CRISM).

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    For more information, contact crism@cfenet.ubc.ca
  • MyPractice: Primary Care
    A confidential report that lets you see your own opioid prescribing patterns compared with the provincial average, along with suggested tools to make improvements.

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    For more information, contact PracticeReport@hqontario.ca  
  • EMR Queries
    Standardized queries to help you build an opioid use registry in your practice. Available for Telus PS Suite, Accuro and OSCAR.

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    For more information, contact improve@afhto.ca  
  • EMR Dashboard
    A digital tool to help you optimize the use of your EMR and understand current patterns of care.

    Learn more

    For more information, contact EmrDashboard@ontariomd.com  
  • EMR Peer Leader Program
    A network of over 50 physicians, nurses and clinic managers across the province who are expert users of OntarioMD-certified EMRs available to help you understand current patterns of care.

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    For more information, contact Peer.Leader.Program@ontariomd.com  
  • EMR Practice Enhancement Program
    A provincial change management service designed to help physicians enhance their EMR skills and efficiency to improve clinical and practice outcomes.

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    For more information, contact Epep@ontariomd.com  
  • Digital Health Drug Repository
    Can provide access to your patients’ clinically relevant drug and pharmacy service information to assist with your pain medication review process.

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    For more information, contact Connecting.Ontario@ehealthontario.on.ca  
  • On the Road Sessions
    Accredited sessions to educate practice staff on how EMRs can provide additional, immediate clinical value.

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    For more information, contact Omd.Events@ontariomd.com  
  • Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship Sessions
    Weekly CME-accredited videoconferencing sessions connecting you with an inter-professional pain specialist team.

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    For more information, contact Echo.Ontario@uhn.ca  
  • Opioids Clinical Primer
    Free online modules designed for primary care physicians and nurse practitioners on topics such as safer opioid prescribing, management of opioid use disorder and practical tools for managing chronic pain, including non-pharmacologic approaches.

    Learn more

    For more information, contact info@machealth.ca  
  • New Opioid Prescribing Hotline
    Get rapid access to a drug information pharmacist who will answer your questions about opioid tapering and switching, drug interactions and withdrawal management.

    This is a new proof-of-concept project for primary care clinicians in the North East, North West and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant regions.

    For more information, contact painQI@hqontario.ca.
  • Academic Detailing for Family Physicians
    One-on-one educational outreach visits tailored to your needs and access to clinical tools and supports focused on supporting care for patients living with chronic non-cancer pain and currently on opioid therapy.

    Learn more

    For more information, contact Lindsay.Bevan@effectivepractice.org  
  • Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain for Family Physicians
    Mentoring support that connects you with experts in chronic pain and addictions to help you manage your patients’ chronic pain, addictions and the challenges around opioid prescribing.

    Learn more

    For more information, contact Ocfpmentoring@ocfp.on.ca  
  • De-implementation of High-Risk Opioid Prescribing and Use Program

    Pilot Coming Soon  
  • Ontario eConsult Program

    Connects providers to specialists who can help answer clinical questions about their patients’ pain management, quickly and securely.

    Learn more

    For more information, contact eConsultCOE@toh.ca

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