New funding for Pain BC will help support the organization’s second pain summit and help develop a chronic pain management and opioid harm reduction strategy.
Health Minister Terry Lake announced $50,000 in new funding Monday, calling attention to an “invisible challenge” affecting one in five people in the province.
“Pain BC has been making great strides in supporting patients and their families,” Lake said. “This funding will assist with their efforts to share and gain knowledge in this emerging facet of patient care and help ensure more supports for British Columbians living with chronic pain.”
The summit is aimed at sharing best practices for treating chronic pain and moving towards solutions.
Pain BC is a non-profit organization made up of people in pain, health-care providers, and leaders from universities, government, business and the non-profit sector. The organization’s aim is to improve the lives of people in pain through education, empowerment and innovation.
The first pain summit was held in June 2011 and planning for the second summit is underway. It will bring together patients, researchers, policy makers, health-care providers and various other stakeholders who will meet to build on the last summit and move pain management forward in B.C.
Through additional funding provided by the ministry, Pain BC has been able to offer a number of services for patients and health-care providers, including the newly launched Live Plan Be website. The online tool was developed in partnership with patients and health-care providers.
The ministry has also supported Pain BC’s Connect for Health Program, which provides one-to-one support for patients who need connection to resources and help with practical challenges, like finding affordable housing or filling out forms.
Continued investment in research and development in the new field of chronic pain management supports the ministry’s direction of providing patient-centred care.