The Pain Course for Older Adults

What is the goal of the Pain Course for Older Adults?

The course provides education and guidance on simple and effective techniques for managing symptoms, delivered in online and workbook formats. The course helps people manage thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms related to pain, depression, and anxiety. Research has shown that completion of the Course helps participants gain control over symptoms, increase their confidence, and get back to living a meaningful life.

What is involved?

The Pain Course for Older Adults is 8 weeks long and consists of 5 lessons consisting of educational materials, “Do it Yourself” (DIY) activities and patient stories, as well as supplementary relevant topics. The Course will be offered using computerized (Online) and printed (Workbook) formats.

What format of the Pain Course will I receive?

Participants will be randomized into the online group, workbook group, or wait list control condition. However, participants without access to a computer or the internet will be given the opportunity to enroll in the workbook group.

What kind of assistance will I have?

A researcher will act as a guide to provide general support and encouragement (as opposed to a clinician who would offer comprehensive therapy). The guide will contact clients once a week via telephone to answer questions and provide support and encouragement as clients work through the course.

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is designed for residents of Canada who are 65 years of age or older, have had chronic pain for more than 3 months, are not experiencing severe symptoms of depression or anxiety, and have regular access to a computer and the Internet. The course is not recommended if you have strong thoughts of suicide.

How do I sign up?

The first step in registering for the course is to complete a preliminary screening questionnaire. You will be contacted by telephone to further discuss the Course after completion of the questionnaire.