Joint Meeting of the Canadian Pain Task Force and External Advisory Panel: May 1-2, 2019

Diefenbaker Building, 111 Sussex, Library Room, Ottawa, Ontario

Meeting Summary

Meeting Objectives

Day 1 – Engaging Government Departments and Discussing the Report Outline

Introductory Remarks

Eric Costen, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch (CSCB), provided opening remarks and welcomed meeting participants. Mr. Costen highlighted the important role that external advisory bodies play in helping governments to work through complex and challenging policy problems as well as the value of consensus among a diversity of perspectives for compelling action. He challenged members to reflect on what success will look like.

Dr. Fiona Campbell and Maria Hudspith, Co-Chairs, Canadian Pain Task Force, provided an overview of the Task Force impetus and mandate, the diversity of perspectives represented on the External Advisory Panel, the importance of engaging stakeholders beyond the Task Force and Panel in this important work and, and the meeting objectives and ground rules.

Roundtable Introductions and Expectations

Task Force and Panel members introduced themselves, noting their unique perspectives and expectations for the collective work of the Task Force. Members emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to treatment, including the voices of people living with pain, and the role that continued research and education will play. Expectations revolved around building awareness and respect, validating the experience of those living with pain, and working toward the ultimate goal of improving access to pain prevention and management.

Roundtable with Federal Government Departments

Task Force and Panel members participated in a roundtable with officials from several government departments discussing roles, interests, and opportunities with respect to chronic pain and the mandate of the Task Force. The following is a summary of the discussion from various government representatives:

Discussion of Task Force Report High-Level Narrative 

Andrew Taylor presented the initial draft outline and approach for the first report of the Task Force, followed by a general roundtable discussion with all members. Members emphasized the report should be able to guide us in creating tangible next steps for Phase II of the Task Force’s work and noted the need for alignment with communications and engagement planning. Additional points of discussion focused on:

Small Group Work on Task Force Report Priority Topics

Task Force and Panel members broke out into groups based on the main sections and areas of inquiry of the report. Through a range of facilitated activities, each group discussed key messages, content, considerations, and literature for their assigned topic. After their initial discussions, each group circulated to explore new topics to review and build on the previous groups’ work. The following is a listing of the main areas of discussion:

Defining and explaining pain, its prevalence and impact, and priority populations
Introducing how pain is prevented and management and treatment options
Understanding the drug overdose crisis and pain management
Describing the current strategies, policies, and actions being implemented
Building education and awareness activities

Closing Remarks

Dr. Fiona Campbell and Maria Hudspith, Co-Chairs, Canadian Pain Task Force, provided closing remarks and reflections on the discussion from Day 1. They thanked everyone for their participation and noted the important contributions people were making.

Day 2 – Discussing the Report Outline and Planning for an Engagement Strategy

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Fiona Campbell and Maria Hudspith, Co-Chairs, Canadian Pain Task Force, reiterated the meeting objectives and ground rules.

Revisiting Task Force Report Content and Messaging 

Andrew Taylor presented a summary from the working group discussions on Day 1 and opened up a roundtable on further reflections. Members noted the need to distinguish between a general vision for improving chronic pain management and providing commentary on the current state of the field. Discussion subsequently involved further considerations:

Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement Strategy Planning

Task Force and Panel members were presented with an initial table of stakeholder groups and subsequently undertook a brainstorming roundtable on groups, sequencing, and engagement strategies to inform more formal consultations and evidence-gathering.

Closing Remarks

Dr. Fiona Campbell and Maria Hudspith, Co-Chairs, Canadian Pain Task Force, provided closing remarks and reflections thanking everyone for their participation. Andrea Currie, Canadian Pain Task Force Secretariat, provided an overview of next steps including developing a summary of the meeting, and a calendar of events. The Task Force and Panel will be engaged during May and June to develop and review the Phase 1 report and will meet via teleconference twice in June to help to finalize the content prior to submission. The next joint meeting of the Task Force and Panel will be in September 2019 where members will discuss engagement and evidence-gathering.

Appendix A: Agenda

May 1 and 2, 2019

Meeting Objectives

Day 1 – Task Force and External Advisory Panel Joint Meeting

8:30-9:00 1. Introductions

9:00-9:30 2. Roundtable introductions of CPTF and External Advisory Panel (Task Force Co-Chairs)

9:30-10:15 3.  Roundtable with Federal Government Departments (Secretariat to chair)

(10 min per presenter followed by Q & A)

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 3. Roundtable with Federal Government Departments Continued (Secretariat to chair)

(10 min per presenter followed by Q & A)

12:00-13:00 Lunch in cafeteria

13:00-13:15 4. Introduce First Task Force Report (Secretariat to chair)

13:15-14:00 5. Discuss Outline for First Task Force Report (Secretariat to chair)

14:00-15:00 6. Small Group Work – Discuss Content for First Task Force Report (Co-Chairs and table facilitators to chair)

15:00-15:15 Break

15:15-16:15 6. Small Group Work – Task Force Report Cont. (Co-Chairs and table facilitators to chair)

16:15-16:30 7. Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Task Force and External Advisory Panel Joint Meeting

8:30-8:45 1. Introductions and Welcome (Task Force Co-Chairs)

8:45-10:00 2. Roundtable – Discuss Content for First Task Force Report (Secretariat to chair)

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 3. Stakeholder Mapping and Engagement Strategy Planning (Maria Hudspith to chair)

11:30-12:00 4. Closing Remarks

12:00-13:00 Lunch in cafeteria

Appendix B: Participant List

Canadian Pain Task Force (Task Force)

External Advisory Panel (Panel)

Panel Regrets

Secretariat

Additional support to Secretariat generously provided by:

Health Canada (HC)

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Veterans’ Affairs Canada (VAC)

Statistics Canada

Employment Services and Development Canada (ESDC)

Correctional Service Canada (CSC)

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