Project ECHO Ontario
ECHO Ontario is a joint project between University Health Network and Queen's University Continuing Professional Development Office to replicate the Project ECHO(R) developed at the University of New Mexico

Commentary from a Ontario Family Health Team about ECHO Ontario.

"As the spokesperson for the Iroquois Falls Family Health team in Ontario, I am pleased to inform you how much our community has been helped by this project. In our town, there is a high number of patients, who are on narcotics for many different pain conditions and this usually results in further incapacity and lack of quality of life.

We work very closely with our pharmacists and their statistics indicate that over 20% of all prescriptions filled in this town have some form of narcotic in them. In our clinic 30% of the patients are treated for pain-related conditions ranging from headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, work-related injuries, diabetes, arthritis and chronic widespread pain syndrome, etc. We had around 2,000 office visits last year for pain-related conditions.

In the past, it would take us at least one year until a patient could be seen by specialists and usually the answer was not helpful to us, unless in the surgical cases. Most cases with come back with the diagnosis of chronic pain syndrome but no clear guidelines to help us to proper manage the patient’s pain.

The Echo Project has helped us to get a full assessment of each individual case in a multidisciplinary approach and guide us on the management and further treatment plan for each case. We have learned lots about chronic pain and the most appropriate alternatives to improve the pain and its management. Our team is thrilled to have the Echo team coaching us all the way and the patients are also relieved by finally understanding what their condition is.

We are happy to finally be able to improve the care of our patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Auri Bruno-Petrina
MICs Group of Health Services
Iroquois Falls Family Health Team"

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News & Announcements
Congratulations to the ECHO Ontario Team for publishing in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics titled: " ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain & Opioid Stewardship: Providing Access and Building Capacity for Primary Care Providers in Underserviced, Rural, and Remote Communities"
Ten years ago Dr. Sanjeev Arora, a hepatologist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, realized that he would need to change the way he practiced medicine if he was going to prevent his patients from dying. Read more Here.

“He came into my office in intractable pain and cried, and I cried with him.” Dr. Ruth Dubin shares the turning point where her desire to help a patient with chronic pain became a commitment to change the health system to better meet the needs of her patients. Read more Here.

ACTION Ontario has been advocating for the need to better address the diagnosis and management of chronic pain through the implementation of a compre-hensive pain strategy. As part of such a strategy, AC-TION Ontario’s professional and patient members have been sharing their experience and evidence in order to seek system improvements.Read more here.
Queen’s is collaborating with the University Health Network (UHN) on a province-wide initiative to provide better care for 2.7 million Ontarians living with chronic pain.

For more information please click here.
The CFPC Chronic Pain Committee supports project ECHO Ontario
Are you interested in improving your skills in chronic pain management and your patient outcomes. If so, consider joining the project ECHO Ontario chronic pain/ opioid stewardship demonstration project. For more information please refer to the FAQs and complete the survey at the bottom of the page.
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will make an announcement about better care for chronic pain patients. For more information, click here.
Ontario is improving care for patients suffering from chronic pain with new initiatives to ensure they receive appropriate treatment, diagnostic testing and medication. Click here to read the full story.
Meet the Team

Andrea Furlan


Ruth Dubin


Paul Taenzer

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