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Implementing ONF-INESSS Pain Management Clinical Practice Guidelines in a Community-Based Organization Providing Support to Adults with an Acquired Brain Injury

Project Lead: Tara McElroy

Project Purpose: The specific outcome of the project was to implement a client pain management program that will include early detection and ongoing monitoring of client pain, education and training support for clients and caregivers, and standard behavioural treatments for pain including individual and group relaxation and meditation therapy.

About the project

The purpose of the project was to develop and implement a pain screening process for improved awareness and recognition of clients experiencing pain symptoms. The new process provided a systematic way of identifying those who require further support to manage their pain more effectively.

Three clinical tools were used to measure the effectiveness of the pain management group:

  1. The Chronic Pain Acceptance Questions Revised (CPAQ-R) was used to assess each individual client’s level of acceptance of their chronic pain condition. It is thought that acceptance can reduce avoidance or attempts to control the pain and allow for more time spent on meaningful activities and pursuing goals.
  2. The General Self-Efficacy Scale is a 10-point scale that was used to assess client’s optimistic self-beliefs regarding their ability to cope with various difficult demands of life.
  3. The Defense and Veteran’s Pain Rating Scale is a pictorial rating scale that was used to allow clients to identify their level of pain ranging from mild to severe on a 10-point rating scale.

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