Coaching for Health continues to operate as usual during COVID-19. A referral to the program can be obtained through a phone or videoconference medical appointment with your usual health care provider or through an MSP-funded telehealth visit with a service like VirtualClinic+ or Babylon by Telus Health.
Coaching for Health is a free program that will give you an opportunity to talk to someone regularly who gets what it takes to live with pain and will help you explore how to shift your life, lighten your days, manage pain, and successfully reach your goals for a return to function, confidence and hope!
What is the Coaching for Health program?
Coaching for Health is a free telephone coaching program designed to help people living with pain learn self-management skills, regain function and improve their well-being. It has been shown to improve patients’ confidence as active participants in their own health. Coaching can help you get started with self-management and encourage your ability to change behaviours that impact your health.
How to access Coaching for Health
The program is accessed through a referral from a licensed medical professional. Ask your doctor, physiotherapist or other health care professional for a referral or, better yet, download the referral form and take it to your next appointment with them.
What happens next?
After the referral is faxed to Pain BC by your health care professional, we will contact you within 3 days to schedule an intake call. You can expect your coaching sessions to start within two weeks of the intake. Your coach will call you for weekly 30-60 minute coaching sessions for up to 12 sessions (or more, if necessary).
Information for referring health care professionals
Referrals to the program come from all licensed medical professionals.
Fax referral form to (888) 329-5702
If you have questions about this program, call the program manager toll-free at 1-844-430-0818 ext. 2.
Health care professionals can refer a patient to the program if:
- The client is 18+ years old
- The patient has a chronic pain diagnosis or has been living with stable persistent pain for 6+ months. If the time frame is shorter and the licensed medical professional feels the patient is highly motivated to self-manage with a stable condition, they may still refer the patient to the program.
- The pain is interfering in the patient’s daily function in one or more domains: general activity, mood, walking ability, normal work, enjoyment of life, relationships with other people, and sleep.
- The patient desires change but is unsure how to proceed or is stuck in old habits
- The patient self-identifies as interested in self-management
Funding for this program is provided by the Government of B.C.