Recommended Resources for Health Care Professionals

One of our most valuable resources is the Pain BC Toolbox, which can be easily shared with those in your care. Developed by a group of pain specialists, researchers and people living with pain — Dr. Pam Squire, Dr. Owen Williamson, Diane Gromala, PhD., Dr. Brenda Lau and educator and physiotherapist Neil Pearson — it includes a whole range of support for people living with pain.

Groups and Associations

The Canadian Pain Society

Canadian Pain Society

The Canadian Pain Society's Pain Resource Centre is designed to be a centralized resource for all Canadians dealing with pain and pain management - a place on the web where people can obtain reliable information so that they may better help themselves, their clients, their family members, friends, and co-workers.

Persistent Cardiac Pain Resource Centre

Persistent forms of cardiac pain are debilitating and require an understanding of the interplay of ischemic, metabolic, and neuropathophysiologic mechanisms contributing to these clinical problems. This resource centre is designed to bring attention to persistent and painful problems in the care of cardiac patients ranging from those that are predominantly of ischemic origin to those where neuropathophysiological processes may be primarily responsible for the genesis of the cardiac pain.

Websites and PDFs

Pain Treatment Topics

Pain Treatment Topics is a non-commercial resource for healthcare professionals and their patients, providing open access to clinical news, information, research and education for a better understanding of evidence-based pain-management practices.

Pain Assessment and Management Residential Care Standards

Pain Assessment and Management Residential Care Standards outlines the standards used in private and public residential care facilities in BC since 2007. Specifics related to cognitively impaired patients are noted throughout.

Information for Health Care Providers on Marijuana

Information for Health Care Providers on Marijuana was published in September 2010 by Health Canada to provide information on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.


The Alzheimer's Society Ontario has developed this useful pamphlet to help those caring for people with dementia recognise the signs of pain. Because people living with dementia struggle to express pain in typical ways, they may be living with untreated pain and this can be a problem particulary for those in the later stages of dementia who may have issues communicating. 

Yoga for Chronic Pain

Regular exercise is important for all of us, but for individuals with chronic pain, exercise becomes essential. Studies show that exercise lowers pain levels, improves body function and elevates mood levels.

For someone living with chronic pain who is struggling to get through daily activities, starting an exercise program can seem daunting. It’s important to start slow and be patient.

Prince George Chronic Pain Directory

Developed based on the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice's Chronic Pain database , this directory was created for people living with chronic pain in and around Prince George, and for health care providers who support them. Resources, services and health care providers are divided into 6 categories: medical, body work, education, cognitive, self-management, and complementary.