Public Forum on Chronic Pain Self-Management



Public Forum

How can self-management support be made more accessible and acceptable for men and adolescents living with chronic pain?
A gender sensitive approach to self-management support

Homebase, a Movember Foundation funded initiative led by Dr. Richard Hovey (Associate Professor, Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of Dentistry McGill University), is hosting a Public Forum with Paul Galdas, Ph.D, RN. from the University of York on November 20th, 5:30pm at McGill. The event is free and open to the public and will also feature ambassadors from the Homebase program for a panel discussion about men overcoming isolation and thriving through chronic pain.

In order to ensure that health services remain sustainable in the future whilst still delivering positive patient outcomes, empowering and supporting the increasing number of people living with long term conditions to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to ‘self-manage’ their own health has become a key strategy. A wide range of self-management support programmes and initiatives have been developed to achieve this goal, but we know that the goals of self-management support interventions do not always easily map onto the goals and priorities of patients. In particular, men are considerably under-represented in self-management support programmes despite their increased likelihood of developing the more common and disabling long term conditions such as chronic pulmonary disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Free event but RSVP required. Please note spaces are limited.
To register:

November 20th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Location: 2001 McGill College Avenue, Faculty of Dentistry, Room 102

Paul Galdas, Ph.D, RN.
Department of Health Sciences
University of York
Host and Moderator:
Richard Hovey, Ph.D. Project Lead and PI. Associate Professor, Division of Oral Health and Society, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
*with participation by Homebase Ambassadors

HOMEBASE: A community of care for men overcoming isolation and thriving through chronic pain
A Movember Foundation funded project, including collaboration with NDG YMCA and Concordia University’s Perform Centre as main partners

About Paul Galdas, Ph.D, RN.

Paul is a Reader in Nursing (Assoc. Professor) in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK. His PhD, examining the influence of masculinity on men’s help-seeking behaviour for cardiac chest pain, was awarded in 2006 from the University of Leeds (UK). Since this time he has developed a programme of research investigating men’s help-seeking and engagement with health services in a variety of issues including coronary heart disease, depression, perinatal mental health and chronic illness, and has published widely on these topics. His current research focuses on identifying ways to integrate understandings of masculinity into the design and delivery of health services in order to make them more effective, accessible and acceptable to men.

Paul is a registered nurse with a clinical background in medical and cardiology nursing, and held academic positions at the University of British Columbia, University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University before joining the University of York in 2011.

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