Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is expanding the services of the Regina Chronic Pain Clinic from 1.5 days to five days a week by March 2020.
“Our goal is to decrease waitlists while offering appropriate treatment and resources for people with chronic pain, chronic pain syndrome and substance use disorder as well as support for opioid tapering,” said Robert Parker, manager of the Stewardship and Clinical Appropriateness Department. “Providing mentorship and training for family physicians and other providers who prescribe medications will support this goal.”
This primary health care clinic is staffed by a physician, a licensed practical nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse and a pharmacist who are supported through partnerships with other care providers within and outside of the SHA. Staff tailor therapies to patients’ needs, using a variety of treatment methods, including exercise.
Flo Karnes, a patient of the clinic, said as a result of care she’s received “my pain is better and overall my life has improved.”
Flo Karnes, a patient, says she’s a clinic success story.
The clinic expansion is supported by the Primary Health Care portfolio and the Opioid Stewardship Program, a pilot funded by Health Canada. To learn more, see
SHA pilots opioid stewardship program.
To read more about SHA’s 2019 improvement work, see