Mobilizing to virtual care: Experience of SickKids Chronic Pain Clinic

Last modified by Paula Robeson on 2020/06/05 19:42

Adolescents with Chronic Pain (CP) and their families are facing many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many ambulatory clinics seeing youth with CP halted all appointments, including individual therapies (physical and psychological) given rapidly-evolving policies and redeployment measures; while a few rapidly pivoted to service delivery via telephone or telehealth with no interruption to patient care.

CP affects one in five Canadian children and youth and can negatively impact all aspects of quality of life. The Chronic Pain Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto is the largest pediatric pain program in Canada. Between the fiscal year 2018 - 2019, 2101 appointments were completed, including 210 new referrals. “Mobilizing to virtual care: Experience of SickKids Chronic Pain Clinic” is a webinar to share new practices in virtual pediatric chronic pain care, including practice implications and impact on both patients & caregivers and HCPs

Following this presentation, participants will be able to describe:

  • Structure and function of a virtual care chronic pain clinic
  • How virtual care was implemented in an acute care setting
  • Barriers to implementation and how they were overcome
  • Enablers to implementation 
  • Lessons learned by both HCPs and patients & caregivers
  • Preliminary satisfaction survey results from both patients and HCP

Primary audience(s)

  • Front-line service providers
  • Middle managers
  • Senior leaders
  • Policy makers

Secondary audience(s)

  • Patient/Family partners/advocates
  • Researchers


Fiona_Campbellpng.pngFiona Campbell, BSc, MD, FRCA, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. As Co-Director of the SickKids Pain Centre Fiona is one of the SickKids SKIP Hub leads. Dr Campbell co-chaired the International Guideline Development Group for Pain in Children with Cancer, and has co-created globally accessible self-management pain apps, interactive pain educational modules, and a pain education website for children and families. She was the inaugural co-chair of the Ontario Chronic Pain Network (Peds) in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, which has built capacity in the community by increasing access to pediatric chronic pain clinics, reducing disparities in care, standardizing model of care, and fostering research and educational initiatives. Fiona is President of the Canadian Pain Society and Co-chair of the Canadian Pain Task Force, through which she is an advocate for the implementation of a Canadian National Pain Strategy.


Lisa DAessandropng.pngLisa D’Alessandro, MN, RN, is an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program at SickKids. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and both Bachelor’s and Masters of Nursing from Ryerson University in Toronto. Recently Lisa completed training in both Medical Hypnosis and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Her nursing clinical experience lies in the area of post operative pain management with over 10 years working in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit at the Hospital for Sick Children. Lisa has an Adjunct Lecturer Appointment at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Danielle_Ruskin2020png.pngDanielle Ruskin, PhD, CPsych, is the Clinical and Health Psychologist in the Chronic Pain Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her bachelor of arts in Psychology from McGill University, her masters in School and Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto, and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Danielle has also completed various internships and fellowships at SickKids including a Pre-Doctoral Internship in Paediatric Clinical Psychology and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Paediatric Chronic Pain and Paediatric Neuropsychology. She is an adjunct member of the Department of Psychology at York University. provides consultation, assessment, and treatment to children with complex chronic pain conditions. As part of psychological treatment approaches to manage pain, Danielle provides cognitive behavioral therapies, parenting therapies, teaches children relaxation and visualization techniques and also teaches mindfulness based approaches to pain management. She plays an active role in the training of psychology interns and fellows within the pain program and has research interests in the long term outcomes of children with chronic pain. 

Sara_Klein2020png.pngSara Klein, PT, is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy. She is currently a member of the Chronic Pain team at SickKids, providing physiotherapy assessments and treatments to children and teens living with chronic pain conditions. Sara is also involved as a clinical researcher in an international study investigating the benefits of physical activity for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Sara has extensive experience as a clinical educator with a focus on restorative care.

Created by Paula Robeson on 2020/05/19 16:37