The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a 6-session evidence-based workshop designed for those dealing with chronic pain. Participants learn self-management techniques and skills needed in the day to day management of their chronic pain condition.
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP), based on the CDSMP developed by Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, the program was adapted by Sandra M. LeFort, School of Nursing Memorial University of Newfoundland and Lisa (Cardas) Sulyok is a six-week workshop that takes place once a week for 2½ hours and is facilitated by two trained Peer Leaders and/or Master Trainers. This program is designed to help people gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and how their pain affects their lives.
The CPSMP was developed for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain. Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months, or beyond the normal healing time of an injury. This workshop teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of chronic pain in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The curriculum teaches self-managed lifestyle change and coping strategies to enable participants to manage chronic pain, medications and increase physical activity levels.
The CPSMP has been rigorously evaluated in two randomized clinical trials funded by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The research studies found that, on average, people who have participated in the CPSMP have more vitality or energy, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, are more involved in everyday activities and are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program. The program has also been delivered and evaluated across 10 pain clinics in Ontario, Canada. Evaluation of the program found it to be beneficial for participants in terms of coping skills, education and overall quality of life. To date, the program has been delivered to hundreds of individuals with chronic pain.