ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain/Opioid Stewardship

The mission is to link primary care providers in a supportive community of practice that will enhance their skills and confidence to manage their patients safely and effectively. 

ECHO Chronic Pain runs weekly sessions that start with a short didactic lecture followed by a de-identified patient case presented by participants. Case presenters receive recommendations from the specialist team and other community partners.
This is an accredited learning activity.  
Sessions are Thursdays from 12:30-2:00pm

Learning objectives of ECHO Chronic Pain:

  • Interpret comprehensive assessments to make an accurate and timely pain diagnosis, plan treatment and follow-up.
  • Employ assessment techniques to determine origin, track evolution, and support treatment of chronic pain.
  • Self-regulate attitudes and beliefs about patient presentations to provide safe and effective chronic pain management.
  • Develop comfort level, self-efficacy in managing chronic pain.
  • Develop ability to mentor and be mentored by colleagues in a community of practice that ultimately benefits the patient.

Facts about Chronic Pain/Opioids:

  • 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain and the prevalence increases with age.
  • 1 in 7 Ontarians were dispensed an opioid in 2014/15.
  • Between January 2016 and March 2019, an estimated 12,800 Canadians died from an apparent opioid-related overdose.

The program is fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. 

To receive the pre and post surveys, please contact: Gina Marinakos at or

Accreditation: 2021

Credits for Family Medicine Specialists: This 1-credit-per hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Queen’s University for up to 60 Mainpro+ credits.

Credits for Royal College Specialists: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Queen’s University Office of CPD. You may claim a maximum of 60 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Credits for Health Professionals: This is an accredited learning activity which provided up to 60 hours of Continuing Education

CME cerfiticates will be sent to registered participants only, at the end of each cycle.