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Chronic Pain Program Committee

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The Chronic Pain Program Committee represents the interests of all College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members providing care to people with chronic pain, including those with a broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice.

Questions or comments? Contact the Chronic Pain Program Committee

2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline – Summary of Recommendations

2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Upcoming events 

Safer Opioid Prescribing: a multimodal program for chronic pain and opioids, the Safe Opioid Prescribing course includes a webinar series and an in-person skill development workshop

Looking for local Mainpro+® certified events? Search the continuing professional development calendar of events

Who we are


Dr. Lori Montgomery, Alberta


Dr. Karen Appel, Saskatchewan/Manitoba

Dr. Lydia Hatcher, Ontario

Dr. Bruce Hollett, Newfoundland

Dr. Roman Jovey, Ontario, Canadian Pain Society

Dr. Irina Kudrina, Quebec

Dr. James Wei, Resident Representative

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff

Dr. Victor Ng, Associate Director, Programs and Practice Support

Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department

Terms of Reference


This page contains relevant College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) material, web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines for physicians who have a special interest in chronic non-cancer pain.

Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.

A community-based approach to the treatment of pain and addiction (The Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 2014;19(1))

The CFPC Medical Marijuana Position Statement

Canadian Academy of Pain Management (CAPM) Credentialing Brochure 2014

Unintended Consequences: pain medication safety

CFPC papers/endorsements

The College of Family Physicians of Canada Statement (The Canadian Pain Summit, April 24, 2012)

Call to Action: The need for a National Pain Strategy for Canada (December 15, 2011)

Family Medicine Forum (FMF) presentations

Community of Practice in Family Medicine: Chronic Pain (FMF 2015)

Positive Thinking and Effective Communication: an Approach to Improved Pain Management (FMF 2014)

Medical Cannabis Resources

Health Canada

Authorized licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes

Cannabis and cannabinoids for the treatment of people with chronic noncancer pain conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled and observational studies

Information for Health Care Professionals Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids

Practical considerations in medical cannabis administration and dosing (English only)

Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Canada 

A Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Cannabis Users:Patterns of Use and Perceived Efficacy (English only)

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (English only)

Cannabis Use and Driving: Evidence Review (English only)


Medical marijuana: Considerations for Canadian doctors

College des medecins du Quebec

Use of dried cannabis for medical purposes

QC guidelines

The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids

Cannabis Law and regulations (Federal)

Quebec Cannabis Act - Regulation of cannabis in Québec

Canadian Pharmacist Association - Medical Cannabis

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids (English only)

Simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids in primary care

Standard from BC -  Cannabis for Medical Purposes (English only)

Alberta tools for practice-on cannabis (English only)

Resources for patients

2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline–Summary of Recommendations

Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute

Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: developed by an international team of clinicians, researchers and patients, led by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, funded by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Chronic Pain Anonymous: a self-help organization for patients with chronic pain

Living With Fibromyalgia: self-management resources for people living with fibromyalgia

Pain BC Toolbox: treatment options for pain beyond medications, surgery, and injections

What You Should Know About Acute Low Back Pain: patient handout from Alberta’s Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) guidelines

Back Care Canada: reliable information and advice for people with back pain, developed by health professionals based on the latest research and expert opinions

What to do with low back pain? Get back at it!: an educational video describing acute low back pain

National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine): a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website with diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine

Living Well with Chronic Low Back Pain

Best Advice for People Taking Opioid Medication: by Dr. Mike Evans (to note: number of patients developing addiction was exaggerated, and does not take into account opioid risk)

Resources for health care providers

Chronic Low Back Pain: Understanding lower back structures and treatment approaches (Quebec Pain Research Network)

2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Opioid Aberrant Behaviour Tracker

Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient’s Medical Home

Alberta’s Institute of Health Economics – Low Back Pain Guideline

Guidelines concerning the prescription of dried cannabis for medical purposes (Collège des médecins du Québec, April 2014)

Guide to Pain Management in Low-Resource Settings: Chapter 10 Pain History and Pain Assessment (International Association for the Study of Pain)

Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain (MMAP): an Ontario College of Family Physicians program, connecting family physician mentees to mentor physicians, with expertise in chronic pain and addictions, who provide advice and support in the areas of diagnosis, psychotherapy and pharmacology to help members navigate the complexity and growing public health concerns in managing chronic pain; all family physicians in Ontario are eligible to participate in this Mainpro+ certified program.

Management of CNCP 2013: the Pain Society of Alberta chronic pain algorithm

Pain assessment (CFPC Media)

Pain Care Live: online continuing education, with interactive programs that include live streaming video lectures, panel discussions, case presentations and real-time Q&A with top faculty about the challenges in the assessment and management of chronic pain

The Canadian Academy of Pain Management (CAPM):
Canadian multi-disciplinary and CamPAIN organization

The Canadian Pain Society: a multi-disciplinary chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Pain BC: a provincial pain advocacy group

Pain Society of Alberta: a provincial pain advocacy group

Atlantic Mentorship Network for Pain and Addiction: a mentor-mentee network designed to assist practitioners in the management of persons with pain and addiction and offers education, clinical support, and CME credit

Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM) ((formerly the American Academy of Pain Management): a community of healthcare providers representing more than 30 distinct disciplines dedicated to using therapeutic approaches to reduce pain

The American Pain Society (APS): an American multidisciplinary pain chapter of the IASP

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP): an international organization of researchers and clinicians

Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre, McMaster University: features the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

The Opioid Manager: a charting tool summarizing the recommendations from the Canadian Guideline for Opioids, National Pain Centre (also available as an IOS and Android app)

 Suboxone Online Education Program: a pharma-sponsored online educational website offering a continuing medical education (CME) program about prescribing Suboxone

The Risk Communication Institute: provides visual aids to health care professionals to effectively communicate risks to patients

The NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions Inc.’s

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) program: Ontario hospital-based program that includes mindfulness education and resources to enhance interventions offered at pain clinics

Low Back Pain, Family Medicine Clinical Card: a pocket resource for assessing low back pain from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society

Alberta Institute of Health Economics (IHE) Low Back Pain Guideline and Supporting Resources: clinical practice guideline, and other resources, including videos with an organized time-efficient approach to examining a patient with low back pain

Sick Kids Pain Centre Summary Statement of Evidence on Codeine: use of oral analgesia for the management of moderate to severe pain in children

Guideline for the Evidence-Informed Primary Care Management of Low Back Pain and two-page Summary of the Guideline: Alberta’s Towards Optimized Practice (TOP) group recommends assessment and treatment strategies for adults with acute or chronic low back pain

Toward Optimized Practice Headache Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Assessment of Psychosocial Yellow Flags: summarizes examples of factors that increase the risk of disability in a patient with low back pain

Low Back Pain Toolkit and Online Modules: Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) tools and education modules to help primary care physicians better manage patients who suffer from low back pain

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Low Back Pain Strategy

The Basic Science of Pain: An Illustrated and Clinically Orientated Guide: an electronic book about the basic science of pain, written by well-known experts (available on iTunes)

Past newsletters

Chronic Pain Program Committee Summer 2016 newsletter

Chronic Pain Committee January 2015 newsletter (#1)


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