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About the Program

Format: Virtual case-based education

Time Commitment: 1.5 hours per week. Curriculums vary from 18-20 weeks.

Cost: Free

Mainpro+: 1-credit-per-hour (27 credits for Summer-Fall Program, with additional workshops and evening sessions for a total of 61 credits per year)

Highlights:

  • Benefits family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, allied health clinicians (social workers, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists), physician assistants, pharmacists and chiropractors in primary care practices, long term care homes, community clinics and hospitals 
  • Provides support in screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up 
  • Provides educational support in mental health, substance use disorders and chronic pain

Partner Information:

Help you care for your patients

ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain & Opioid stewardship can help you manage your patients with chronic pain problems. This program provides province wide support to healthcare providers by providing topics in opioid prescribing, pharmacological, non pharmacological treatments, psychosocial screening and more. Join the virtual Community of Practice to receive peer support, present cases and learn from the community and subject experts.

Improve patient outcomes

ECHO has had significant impact on patient care, from supporting clinicians in their clinical decision making to increasing their knowledge in one particular knowledge base. With skilled session facilitators and online learning soft skills, ECHO has benefited patients directly through individual patient cases who have been presented during each session and indirectly through education of clinicians, who then use this knowledge with other patients with similar conditions or symptoms. ECHO has equipped frontline primary care providers with the skills to manage and triage their patients within their practice, and teaching them when to refer and how.

Benefits of the program

Impact on patient care:

"I’m fortunate that I live in Toronto and I do have access to a lot of different specialists, but I’ve also worked rurally before, so having something like ECHO when you’re working rurally can really save a lot of grief for your patients in terms of potential travel for specialists, in terms of timely access. I feel like it’s very helpful for me, managing as much as I can within the family practice realm as well. So, I think in the end it’s beneficial to both primary care, specialist care, as well as the patients themselves." - Program Participant
"It’s great for having a different access to a variety of different resources. It’s not coming from one person’s train of thought or the way that they like to practice. But it’s also an opportunity to get some exposure maybe of what’s available. We’re a small rural area, so sometimes I see things that are like, oh, this is an interesting resource that maybe we might not have heard about. Not that we’re terribly far from Toronto, but we’re a little bit removed." - Chronic Pain Program Participant