Patricia Poulin, C. Psych, Ph.D, MA, B.A
SPECIALTY AND TITLE
Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychology; Psychologist, Assistant Professor and Associate Scientist
The Ottawa Hospital, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
University of Ottawa
AREA OF RESEARCH
Dr. Poulin led a priority setting partnership to identify chronic pain (CP) research priorities in Canada and found access to care to be a top priority for people living with pain. This led to the development and implementation of a stepped care approach which eliminated a 6-month waitlist to access interprofessional care at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) Pain Clinic.
Dr. Poulin worked on improving access to CP care for people with repeated emergency room visits through a rapid access interprofessional program integrating pain, mental health, and substance use treatments. This IFPOC-funded study demonstrated improved clinical outcomes and reduced ED visits. Dr. Poulin is exploring barriers to care, with attention to marginalization, and the role of virtual care through Power Over Pain.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCIENCE AND/OR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
Dr. Poulin is the research lead of The Ottawa Hospital Pain Clinic Program Evaluation & Clinical Research team and of Project ECHO Chronic Pain & Opioid Stewardship at St. Joseph Care Group (Thunder Bay). She has co-led the early development of the CIHR-funded SPOR Chronic Pain Network and remain a co-PI to this day (CPN 2.0). She has contributed to the development of the Health Quality Ontario Chronic Pain Quality Standards as well as to the work of the Canadian Pain Task Force as a member of its External Advisory Committee. Her peer reviewed work has been cited more than 1,350 times (h-Index = 18). As a person with lived experience, she is committed to advance chronic pain (CP) care locally, provincially, and nationally.