New Chronic Pain training offered in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Many clinicians of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region will receive training on November 29 about the chronic pain self care programs  PASSAGE and PÉGASO. The participants will come from various clinics of the region, such as the Pain Clinic of the Abitibi CSSS Les Eskers, which has recently been designated as a regional centre of expertise on chronic pain, and the Santé V.I.P. Solutions Médicales clinic.  These centers will then be able to offer these new treatment options to their patients, who will become active partners in chronic pain treatment.  

The dedicated work of the research teams of  Dr. Patricia Bourgault and of Dr. Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme lead to the developement of the PASSAGE (Programme d’Apprentissage de StratégieS d’AutoGestion Efficaces) andPÉGASO (Programme d’Éducation de Groupe pour l’Autogestion des Symptômes dOuloureux) programs. The PASSAGE program is offered in ten health centers in Quebec.  The training for the PÉGASO program is being offered for the first time, and is much anticipated, given the possibility to implant and offer this intervention in care centers.  

These training are made possible thanks to the collaboration of  Dr. Anaïs Lacasse, professor at the Department of Health Sciences à the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and with financial support of Eli Lilly Canada and of the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC - http://douleurchronique.org).