November 2, 2016
Chronic Pain Toolbox help kids with CP worldwide
The impact of chronic pain on a child with
Cerebral Palsy (CP) and their family is significant. With over 17 million people diagnosed around
the world, CP is the most common physical disability in childhood. In 2014, the
Evidence to Care team at Holland Bloorview developed the Chronic Pain Assessment Toolbox for Children with Disabilities (also
referred to as the Toolbox) to strengthen chronic pain assessment screening
practices among healthcare providers working with children who have CP.
Recognized as a Leading Practice by
Accreditation Canada, this innovative tool for clinicians has improved
quality of care worldwide. The clinical
assessment tool has been downloaded 4,611 times and internationally accessed by
12 countries across the globe. Countries include: Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Kuwait,
Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, United States and United Kingdom.
Over the last two years the Evidence to Care team
has worked closely with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, a world leader in care for
children with cerebral palsy, to facilitate the adoption
of the Toolbox within their healthcare system.
“Because of our adoption of the Holland Bloorview Chronic Pain
Toolbox, our implementing clinicians have assessed chronic pain in over 70 per
cent of their pediatric patients who may not have otherwise discussed their
chronic pain at their medical appointments,” says Chantel Barney, Ph.D.,
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Minnesota.
As institutions that specialize in complex care, Holland Bloorview and
Gillette Children’s look forward to continuing our partnership, exploring new
opportunities and collaborations in the future.
To read more about our international research collaborative work visit
their blog post here.
To ensure the Toolbox would benefit other healthcare systems
outside of Holland Bloorview, the Evidence to Care team created the Implementation
Supports Manual. The manual provides a step-by-step guide for the adoption,
implementation and evaluation of the Toolbox. As an extension of the manual, the
team recently launched e-learning modules that serve as a short guide to the Toolbox
for clinicians and other organizations.
“The e-learning modules are an interactive and engaging way to
enhance and learn more about the toolbox,” says Ashleigh Townley, Knowledge Broker
from our Evidence to Care team. The modules give an introduction to chronic
pain and the Toolbox, a list of tools used at Holland Bloorview and a client
case study. These modules illustrate how the Toolbox examines and identifies the pain experience to create better treatment
To view the e-learning modules click here.
For more information please contact Evidence to Care at firstname.lastname@example.org