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DSECT/DSEN Monthly Seminar Series - Jan 28, 2016

“Project ECHO Ontario Pain and Opioid Stewardship:
improving prescribers behaviours in rural and
underserved areas using target education
and telementoring”

Presented by Andrea Furlan, MD PhD

Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Senior Scientist, University Health Network
Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, University of Toronto

Thursday, January 28th at 3-4pm EST
Online via GoToWebinar

Click here to access the recorded webinar



Dr. Andrea Furlan will describe the implementation outcomes and behaviour changes of primary healthcare providers in rural and underserved areas of Ontario who have been mentored by weekly telemedicine sessions by an interprofessional team of chronic pain and addiction experts. ECHO Ontario is the first replication of Project ECHO in Canada. Project ECHO was developed in New Mexico to tackle the problem of scarce hepatology specialists available for patients with Hepatitis C.

Echo Ontario started in 2014 as a demonstration project with the goal to improve opioid prescribing for chronic pain in Ontario.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the basic principles of ECHO 

2. Discuss the core principles and strategies through which the ECHO model builds communities of practice to support primary care providers and provide specialist level care in their communities

3. Cite data supporting the effectiveness of the ECHO model for enhancing provider behavior, self-efficacy, attitudes and satisfaction


Dubin RE, Flannery J, Taenzer P, Smith A, Smith K, Fabico R, Zhao J, Cameron L, Chmelnitsky D, Williams R, Carlin L, Sidrak H, Arora S, Furlan AD. ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain & Opioid Stewardship: Providing Access and Building Capacity for Primary Care Providers in Underserviced, Rural, and Remote Communities. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;209:15-22. PubMed PMID: 25980700. (PDF)


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