The development of a stakeholder-endorsed national strategic plan for advancing pain education across Canadian physiotherapy programs Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Background

    The Canadian Pain Task Force recently advanced an action plan calling for improved entry-level health professional pain education. However, there is little research to inform the collaboration and coordination across stakeholders that is needed for its implementation.

    Aims

    This article reports on the development of a stakeholder-generated strategic plan to improve pain education across all Canadian physiotherapy (PT) programs.

    Methods

    Participants included representatives from the following stakeholder groups: people living with pain (n = 1), PT students and recent graduates (n = 2), educators and directors from every Canadian PT program (n = 24), and leaders of Canada's national PT professional association (n = 2). Strategic priorities were developed through three steps: (1) stakeholder-generated data were collected and analyzed, (2) a draft strategic plan was developed and refined, and (3) stakeholder endorsement of the final plan was assessed. The project was primarily implemented online between 2016 and 2018.

    Results

    The plan was developed through five iterative versions. Stakeholders unanimously endorsed a plan that included five priorities focusing on uptake of best evidence across (1) national PT governance groups and (2) within individual PT programs; (3) partnering with people living with pain in pain education; (4) advocacy for the PT role in pain management; and (5) advancing pain education research.

    Conclusion

    This plan is expected to help Canadian stakeholders work toward national improvements in PT pain education and to serve as a useful template for informing collaboration on entry-level pain education within other professions and across different geographic regions.

authors

  • Wideman, Timothy H
  • Bostick, Geoffrey
  • Miller, Jordan
  • Thomas, Aliki
  • Bussières, André
  • Walton, David
  • Tousignant-Laflamme, Yannick
  • Carlesso, Lisa
  • Hunter, Judith
  • Perreault, Kadija
  • Shay, Barbara

publication date

  • December 31, 2022