Women’s Chronic Pain & Prescription Opioids

This project involved creating sex, gender, equity, and trauma informed resources for providers that reflect women’s lived and living experiences with chronic pain and prescription opioids. We spoke with women with lived/living experiences, consulted with providers, examined the literature, and analyzed Canadian policy documents on chronic pain with a sex and gender lens.

In this webinar, we present our research findings and the resources we created for women and service providers, including infographics, treatment sheets, information packages, and a course for service providers or people interested in learning more about women’s chronic pain and experiences with prescribed opioids. We also discuss the incorporation of sex, gender, and equity factors into chronic pain and opioid use considerations for policy and practice.

Diverse women’s experiences with chronic pain and prescription opioid use

This webinar is part of the Applying a sex, gender, trauma & equity lens to substance use webinar series.

Sex and gender-related factors affect how people experience chronic pain and the quality of care received in healthcare settings. Women report more chronic pain than men and are more likely to be prescribed and rely on opioids for pain management. The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health carried out research on women’s experiences with chronic pain and prescription opioid use. We interviewed 22 women from different geographic and social locations, who used prescribed opioids for chronic pain management. In this webinar, we share what we learned from these interviews and a scoping review of the literature and how this research can inform resources for health care providers.