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About the Program

Centre for Pain and Disability Managment, Eastern HealthIf you are referred to the CPDM program, you will attend a half day screening assessment to learn more about the program and determine if it is right for you. 

If you are accepted, you will be admitted to a five-week day program.

You will learn ways to better manage pain and improve overall functioning through active involvement in individual therapy, group education,  and planning sessions.

Goals related to managing pain and improving functional ability are identified early in the program, and progress is monitored throughout.

The CPDM program is most beneficial when family members and/or friends also fully understand the goals. A family member or a close friend will attend at some point during the program. 

Upon completion of the day program you are seen for follow-up on an individual basis.

Who attends the program?

The CPDM program accepts referrals from across Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as from outside the province. 

People 18 years or older experiencing long-term or persistent pain, who do not require further medical investigations or treatments, and who would benefit from a team approach to rehabilitation, may be accepted to the program.  

Who is NOT appropriate to attend the program?
The main criteria:
Individuals who have ongoing medical investigations/treatments or are anticipating a cure for their pain are not suitable for this type of program. Other criteria include individuals with:
  • Unstable physical conditions
  • Addictions issues
  • Active suicidal ideation
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Cognitive difficulties that would interfere with learning



Updated Jul 21, 2015