PAACT: Pain Management in Family Practice

Learning Objectives

  • Review and discuss management of common presentations of pain in general practice.
  • Review various resources available including the Canadian guidelines, a family practice resource and various patient materials.
  • Review management of lower back pain, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal pain.

Program Description

PAACT: Pain Management in Family Practice, is an independent educational program developed by Family Physicians and based on the first edition of the Pain Management Resource for Family Medicine (orange book).  Cases are designed to address common presentations of chronic pain in family practice and their management.

Materials provided

2019Pain Management Resource for Family Medicine (orange book), participant manual and patient management tools


Practising Wisely

Learning Objectives

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine”.
    • Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources.
    • Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care.
    • Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization.

Learner Requirements

Laptop or Tablet –
During this workshop you will be asked to visit multiple websites to access various resources. Therefore, all participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet that has the ability to connect to the Internet in order to fully participate in the course.

Pre- and Post-Course Activity –
Upon registration you will be asked to complete pre-course activity. As a three credit per hour group learning activity, participants will be required to complete a post-course activity six weeks after the course date and another post-course activity 12 weeks after the course date. You must complete all pre- and post-course activities to be awarded your credits.

Program Delivery Options

The workshop is structured in a modular format and is offered in 2 options: 1) A full-day, deep-dive into all 4 modules or 2) A half-day case-based small-group workshop (Module 1 and one of Modules 2, 3 or 4)

  • Module One: We examine the harms and drivers of too much medicine and introduce a four-step approach to applying evidence to patient care with a focus on low back pain and ovarian cysts.
  • Module Two: Reliable, renewing online resources are put to work to support practice change. Cases centering on proton pump inhibitors and statins for primary prevention are the focus.
  • Module Three: Cancer screening is the topic here as participants differentiate risks and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient-care supported by shared decision-making.
  • Module 4: Evolving the annual physical exam to become a periodic health review personalized for each patient is a key element of this module. Poly pharmacy in the elderly and over-monitoring for diabetes are addressed as well.


Practising Wisely for Your Clinic

Practising Wisely more than a CPD course. It is a framework that will help you implement good health care stewardship and avoid over-medicalization for your patients. You can’t do it alone-your whole clinic needs to be behind you.

If you are interested in bringing an interdisciplinary Practising Wisely program to your clinic staff contact [email protected] or call 306-665-7714.

Please Note:

This program has been redeveloped from the popular Best Practices in Reducing Unnecessary Tests, Treatments and Care: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! Mainpro-C workshop. The scientific content is similar to the previous version; however, the new program has updated content and incorporates active learning techniques.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
for 18 MainPro+ credits.


Cancellation Policy:

SCFP reserves the right to cancel sessions due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient advance registration. In the event of a cancellation made by the SCFP, a full refund will be given to the registrant. However, the SCFP cannot accept responsibility for out-of-pocket expenses due to cancellation of a session. Cancellations made by participants more than 15 business days prior to the date of the event will be refunded, less a 25% administration fee. No refunds will be provided after this deadline.