Media invitation / interview opportunity - Web conference - The ACCORD Program: At last, an initiative dedicated to the improvement of chronic pain management

    A first in Québec, in response to a serious public health issue

    MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The week of November 2 to 8, 2008 is
Chronic Pain Week in Quebec. Initiated by the Quebec Chronic Pain Association
(, Chronic Pain Week highlights this severely
misunderstood public health issue which affects daily more than a million
patients across the province. It is time to take action.
    A group of researchers from the Universities of Montreal, Sherbrooke and
McGill has created a community alliance with clinicians, decision-makers and
the Quebec Chronic Pain Association in order to improve the assessment and
management of chronic pain in Quebec, using innovative knowledge transfer (KT)
strategies regarding the prevention, diagnosis and multidisciplinary
management of chronic pain. A series of studies will be conducted to assess
the impact and efficacy of the KT interventions from a clinical, social and
economic point of view.
    Media representatives are invited to attend the web launch of this new
research initiative, introduced as the ACCORD Program (Concerted Application
of Pain Knowledge and Resources), a first in Quebec.

    WHEN:  Tuesday, November 4, 2008
           10 am to 11:30 am

    WHAT:  Launch of ACCORD

    WHERE: Live on the web at

    WHO:   Dr Manon Choinière, Researcher, Research Center of the Centre
           hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal,
           Dr Dominique Dion, Researcher, Research Center of the Centre
           hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
           Dr Serge Marchand, Holder of the Pain Chair of the UQAT-Université
           de Sherbrooke
           M. Jacques Laliberté, President, Quebec Chronic Pain Association

    This first interactive communication forum will introduce the program, its
various phases and projects, as well as its financial partners.

    Please note that the presentations will be conducted primarily in French,
with an English version of the PPT available online following the event.

For further information:

For further information: to confirm your participation and/or to
schedule an interview: Melissa Maloul-Cohen, (514) 845-2257,; Leidy Ojeda, (514) 845-2257,

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