On St Patrick's Day, The Pain Hub and Dr Patricia Poulin (The Ottawa Hospital, Pain Clinic) hosted a whirl-wind visit and presentation by Dr Bruce Dick (Ph.D., R. Psych), Depts. of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine & Psychiatry, Chief of Psychology, Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, University of Alberta.
To begin his visit, Bruce toured Roger's House, which provides pain and symptom management, respite care, end of life care, and perinatal hospice care services to children and families who are referred to the CHEO Palliative Care Outreach Program (http://www.rogershouse.ca/en/gallery/). Bruce was particularly interested in the Snoezelen Room, a multi-sensory therapeutic and recreational room that provides stimulation and relaxation. Bruce then gave an excellent presentation to a full meeting room, chronicling his research journey of chronic pain research and effects on cognition across the lifespan. He spoke about his early studies using EEG as a measure of pain, and the fact that was not useful, and we do not understand the brain well enough to make sense of the data. He reported on studies showing the negative impact of chronic pain on social functioning and school attendance in children, and the importance of supporting children with chronic pain to return to school. Pain 101, 201, 301 and finally, 401 were described in terms of the history of these programs run by the multidisciplinary team at The University of Alberta (http://www.uofapain.med.ualberta.ca/en/AboutUs/OurPrograms/Pain101.aspx), and the outcomes of children and adults attending the programs.
It was a great presentation with Bruce, that brought together clinicians and researchers from The Pain Hub, University of Ottawa, CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital.
Dr Ana-Claudia Vieira:
The School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Nursing Best Practice Research Centre, and The Pain Hub is very pleased to welcome Dr Ana-Claudia Vieira, from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil. Ana will be working with myself over the next nine months to develop a nation-wide Neonatal Pain Knowledge Translation project. Ana is supported by a visiting scholar grant from her University and a CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel) grant.
Shaolin Chen and Qing Zhang:
Shaolin and Qing are visiting scholars from Hunan University, China. They arrived in September 2015 and Shaolin has been working with me since then on two systematic reviews of pain management interventions for infants, which include not only the traditional English databases, but 3 large Chinese databases (Biomedical Literature Database, China National Knowledge Infrastructure and WANFANG). It is a pleasure to partner with our nursing colleagues from China who bring very different perspectives, yet with the same overall goals, of improving health outcomes through research. The photo of us on a snowy Ottawa day shows Qing, myself, Dr Wendy Gifford (Associated Director, Nursing Best Practice Research Centre), Shaolin and Wendy's sweet dog Mango, who obviously felt she did not wish to be identified, so turned her back to the camera.