Project ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship



Management of chronic pain patients by Ontario physicians is often challenging due to large number of complex pain cases, lack of specialist access and minimal training of frontline care providers in chronic pain. In April 2014 Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Ontario was launched to address this problem by supporting primary care providers in management of their complex chronic pain patients. ECHO has linked with over 150 care providers and over 50 primary care sites since launching this initiative.

ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain connects primary care providers from across Ontario with each other and with two inter-professional pain specialist teams during weekly videoconferencing sessions. The 2 hour weekly videoconferencing sessions include a 20 minutes didactic presentation related to pain care followed by 1-2 patient case presentations (de-identified) by participants. The sessions are CME accredited for physicians and may provide continuing professional development hours for other health care professionals.

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