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Pain: The Patient's Perspective

Pain: The Patient's Perspective

Pain: The Patient's Perspective

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

General Overview

The intent of this course is to bring three people who have a lifetimes worth of experience with pain together to discuss their experiences, the impact of the healthcare system and individuals within it on their pain, how they might be better served and how to maintain healthy relationships amidst chronic pain. This moderated Q&A style lecture highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly of these patients' experiences and contains poignant examples of how their healthcare experiences and personal experiences shaped their journey with pain over the last few decades. This lecture has lessons in it for all types of healthcare providers and patients, and even people in troubled relationships.

What’s Included in this Course

    1. Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
    2. Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
    3. Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
    4. There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
    5. Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.
    6. You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
    7. Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.

Course Objectives:

    1. Three stories of people with chronic pain.
    2. About the utility of public forums.
    3. Recommendations for maintaining healthy relationships.
    4. Dos and Don'ts as a healthcare professional.
    5. The dangers of 'Us' vs 'Them'.
    6. The most important thing therapists, physicians and family can do for a person with chronic pain.
    7. How healthcare might change to better serve those in pain.

Who is this course for?

Physicians, allied healthcare professionals, patients, friends, and family seeking to better understand their part in a loved one's pain experience.

The instructors
Bronnie Lennox Thompson

Bronnie trained as an occupational therapist and graduated in 1984. Since then she has continued to study at the postgraduate level, writing papers discussing topics including business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. Bronnie completed her Masters in Psychology in 1999 and started her PhD in 2007. One of her many passions is helping people who experience chronic health problems learn to achieve their potential by developing ‘self management’ skills. She has worked in the field of chronic pain management for 16 years.

Bronnie is an educator. She offers an active knowledge of the latest research, integrated with current clinical practice that she communicates to clinicians working directly with people who experience chronically ill health. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch Health Sciences and offers courses, training and supervision for therapists working with people who experience chronically ill health.

Keith Meldrum

As this year's patient panelist, Keith opens up about his experience suffering decades of chronic pain. Keith Meldrum is an amazing human who has lived with chronic pain for nearly 32 years following a serious single vehicle motor vehicle crash in 1986 in central British Columbia, Canada.

Since that car accident put him through emergency surgery, Keith has required multiple follow up surgeries over the years to alleviate suffering from persistent pain. After trying multiple nerve block injection treatments to manage his pain, Keith was deemed to be a candidate in 2005 for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) program at a leading hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SCS for abdominal pain is not common as SCS is most effective for limb pain.

The SCS helped Keith manage his pain and was his introduction to pain science and the biopsychosocial model. The SCS was effective until it had to be replaced in late 2015 and has not been effective since. After revision surgeries, pain specialists determined that Keith would best be served by a new SCS technology available in the United States, but not yet approved in Canada.

Keith is a Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Kelowna Fire Department and is responsible for Communications and Emergency Management.


Kira Stoops

Kira Stoops has been many kinds of pain patients — a pediatric one, when her headaches started at age six; a chronic but active one, when she skied, hiked, backpacked and ski-toured through her 20s; and a severe one, when a nasty neck snap refused to resolve in her early 30s and left her unable to go to the grocery store without overwhelming pain.

Before discovering a biopsychosocial framework, she’d been MRI’d, Rolfed, massaged, physical therapied, injected, needled, chakra-aligned, counseled, supplemented, chiropracted, muscle-activated, medicated, rollered, Egoscue’d, Sarno’d, and more.

Since these treatments, she's muddled through more clinical papers than any state school art major should attempt, spearheaded a Facebook support group for similarly science-minded patients, and is currently taking a massive sabbatical to question everything she knows and to rebuild a life with more SIMs than DIMs.


Course Material included in this course
  • Pain: The Patient's Perspective
  • Patient Stories and Introductions
  • 'Us' vs 'Them' and Humanity
  • Therapist Faux Pas
  • Audience Q&A
  • Quiz
  • Feedback