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The Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM)

Who is CSEPM?

CSEPM is the Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management. The Coalition was formed in February 2017. CSEPM’s primary objective is to reduce the prevalence of opioid prescribing by optimizing non-pharmacological pain management alternatives in Canada.

The Coalition brings together professions who have an important role in non-cancer pain management in primary care settings, including those who play a central role in helping patients navigate their care options. The Coalition includes national associations for, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology, chiropractic, occupational therapy, patient groups, and health system experts.

Who is part of the Coalition?

Coalition members include the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the Canadian Chiropractic Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Arthritis Society of Canada, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Canadian Psychological Association, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

The Coalition brings together health system experts, patient organization and health professions who all have an important role in patient navigation or in delivering physical and psychological alternatives to opioids in primary care settings.

Final Report

The recommendations for patient and practitioner strategies, and a better overall approach to pain management are intended to reduce the number of new opioid users and reduce the future extent of Canada’s opioid crisis. The objective of this work is to improve integration and access to non-pharmacological pain management to reduce the prevalence of opioid prescribing in Canada and provide effective pain management tools for clinicians, and patients seeking relief from pain.

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