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Attention British Columbians: Your feedback is needed on developing standards that may affect how you receive joint injections

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is accepting feedback on developing standards for procedural pain management that may affect how you receive joint injections 

stick man with megaphone for patient input

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia announced in 2016 an initiative to develop standards for the accreditation of procedural pain management (PPM) procedures performed in community-based physician offices, practices, and clinics. The College is inviting your feedback on the new PPM accreditation standards. 

For patients living with arthritis, these standards would prevent shoulder and biceps tendon injections from being performed in an office setting and only in an intermediate level facility requiring higher standards (special hospital clinics). Your physician would have to give you a referral for such injections. When providing feedback, please consider the following:

  • You may experience a delay for the injections due to long waitlists or wait times
  • You may have to take more time off work to travel farther to get to these special hospital clinics
  • You may have to go through more administration work just to get an appointment for your injections
  • The proposed changes for these injections are not backed by evidence collected from studies conducted by accredited institutions

Please note the British Columbia Society of Rheumatologists strongly supports maintaining access to shoulder and biceps tendon injections in all outpatient clinical settings. These injections have a long proven record of safety. Restricting access will be detrimental to patients with inflammatory diseases.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is accepting feedback on this consultation via this survey. The deadline for feedback is Monday, May 27th 2019.

Thank you.

Arthritis Consumer Experts