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Progressive Goal Attainment Program

The Problem of Pain-Related Disability

Millions of Canadians suffer from persistent pain due to injury or illness. Whether addressed in relation to personal, societal or healthcare costs, persistent pain remains one of the most expensive health problems facing the Canadian population. Although many people with pain conditions will show complete or partial recovery, many will become permanently disabled.

The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

Over the past decade, the University Centre of Research on Pain and Disability has been involved in the development of treatment programs for minimizing pain related disability. The Progressive Goal Attainment Program was launched in 2002 as a community-based intervention aimed at facilitating return to work following occupational injury. PGAP is a 10-week activity mobilization program that has been tailored to meet the rehabilitation needs of individuals who are struggling to overcome the challenges associated with a wide range of persistent pain conditions. PGAP is suitable for clients who are suffering from a persistent pain condition, and for whom pain symptoms and psychosocial factors are significant barriers to activity involvement. PGAP differs from traditional pain management programs with its focus on disability reduction as opposed to pain reduction. "http://www.pdp-pgap.com/pgap/en/index.html"

PGAP was revised in 2003 to target a wider population. The Program has been shown to be effective in increasing activity involvement and quality of life even in individuals for whom return to work is not a primary goal. PGAP has produced positive results for individuals suffering from chronic musculoskeletal conditions, whiplash, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Our certified clinicians are prepared to deliver this valuable program.

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