Participants in the iCanCope program and their responsibilities

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Teens and young adults

You will be taking part in this program with many other teens and young adults aged 15 to 25. While you may have very different backgrounds, interests and goals, you will be part of a support network of young people living with chronic pain.

Your responsibilities

You will get the most benefit from this program if you do your best to consider the following guidelines.

  • Be open to trying new things and practising new activities.
  • Be ready to try things several times to see if they work for you.
  • Read through all the sessions that are relevant to you to get the most holistic and comprehensive advice for managing your pain.
  • Let us know if you are having any problems. We’re here to help and make sure you have the best experience possible while managing your chronic pain.
  • If you have any issues or questions when using the program, contact your local research co-ordinator. You can find their contact information on your study consent form.

This is your program. The more effort you put into it, the more you will get out of it. You will decide how the program works best for you!

Research co-ordinators

The iCanCope program is being evaluated through a large research study in six hospitals across Canada. Each hospital has its own research co-ordinator. Working together, the research co-ordinators make sure that the whole study runs smoothly.

You are a voluntary participant in this study and have signed a consent form that explains what exactly is involved in your participation. Your local research co-ordinator is the person who enrolled you in the study and showed you how to use the iCanCope program. You can find their contact information on your consent form.

Research co-ordinator responsibilities

Your research co-ordinator is an important part of the study team.

  • They will be your key point of contact for completing the study questionnaires.
  • They can help you if you have any technical problems when using the iCanCope program.
  • They will make sure that your study data is kept private and confidential, as explained in your consent form.

Getting started: What to expect

Most people with chronic pain have faced some challenges in their everyday lives due to their condition. This program will help you learn as much as possible about chronic pain and different ways to cope with it in your daily life.

As long as you keep practising the strategies that are recommended, you are likely to see gradual improvements in your function. You may start to feel better, more in control and able to do more things.

We recommend that you try all of the techniques suggested, even if you are not sure if they will be helpful. You might be surprised – trying out a large range of coping techniques will let you to choose the ones that work best for you. Always discuss any medical questions or concerns with your healthcare team.

To get the maximum benefit from the program, continue to use the coping strategies that work best for you once the program is complete.

Last updated: May 2nd 2016