People in Pain webinar planned for Friday

Changing priorities: The Socio-Psycho-Bio Model of Pain

The People in Pain Network is hosting a webinar with Dr.  Kenneth Craig on Friday, Jan.29 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Craig will share some of his knowledge and expertise in the changes relating to patient/doctor relationship, and the important role that peer-led self-management has in the overall evolvement of a better partnership between health care providers and patients leading to improved pain management.

In the past (biomedical model), doctors were determining what was wrong and taking the lead to cure the problem. This model of care doesn’t work well for pain management because there often is no clear answer and it is more about managing the impact that pain has on the many aspects of a person’s life.

Now, in the socio-psycho-bio model, doctors work with the patient and the family in partnership. Together, they look at how they can best manage the problem looking at all the needs of a person and the family, including the psychological (stress, thoughts, feelings and emotions), social and cultural needs. It recognizes that self-management and peer support plays a huge part in these changes.

Dr. Craig’s presentation — Changing priorities: The Socio-Psycho-Bio Model of Pain — will have a focus on social determinants of pain and pain management.  He sees the pain self-management/peer support approach as mobilizing social resources to help people with persistent pain, in moving away from the narrow focus of the biomedical model.

To register for the Friday seminar, go to


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