The Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC) (Quebec Association for Chronic Pain) has a mission to improve the condition of people suffering from chronic pain in Quebec and reduce their isolation.
The AQDC held its first meeting in January 2004, thanks to the vision and dedication of Dr. Aline Boulanger. She was the driving force behind the first meeting of those who would become the founding directors of the AQDC. Nine of the founding members of the association, of the 12 directors on the board of directors, were individuals who suffered from chronic pain. These directors represented, as patients, the major pain clinics in Quebec. All of the founding members were volunteers who wanted to make a difference for people suffering from chronic pain.
Since 2004, the AQDC has represented Quebecers who suffer from chronic pain at the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC), of which it is a member. It also serves on the advisory committee of that coalition.
In 2017, AQDC has more than 8,000 members.
The AQDC has operated a website since 2005. More than 1.5 million pages on its website are now consulted each year.
The AQDC is recognized by all stakeholders as the association that represents all Quebecers suffering from chronic pain. Its leadership is undisputed and it even serves as a model for other associations. If the past guarantees the future, its other projects will be brought to fruition in the near future. AQDC offers seminars on chronic pain and support groups in many regions of Quebec.
The AQDC was incorporated on September 23, 2004 and has been acknowledged as a charitable organization since the first quarter of 2005. (N/E 860295633RR0001)
The Association québécoise de la douleur chronique is a non-profit organisation. Our organisation neither approves nor recommends any product or therapy, but seeks to inform its members and readers so that they can make informed decisions.
Objectives of the AQDC:
- To bring people suffering from chronic pain from all regions of Quebec together in a single and influential association.
- To heighten the public awareness of chronic pain and educate people regarding the harmful consequences that can affect those living with chronic pain, their loved ones and society at large.
- To bring recognition to the fact that chronic pain is a disease in itself. This must be recognized by both public and health care professional.
- To Target pain as a priority in our health care system and substantially increase the financing dedicated to it.
- To create various information tools to enhance communication with our membership.
- To sensitize political decision makers at the provincial and federal levels, to improve services for people suffering from chronic pain.
- To increase the content dedicated to evaluation, management and treatment of pain in educational institutions so that these notions are systematically taught to health care professionals (ex.: doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, etc.).
- To improve health care in primary care including chronic pain with physicians working in general practice.
- To substantially increase the number of centers and specialized clinics in the evaluation and multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain.
- To substantially increase the financing granted for research in the field of pain in order to identify new strategies to not only better treat chronic pain, but also to prevent it.
- To organize subscription campaigns to sustain the association’s activities, and bring financial support to chronic pain research.
The AQDC has chosen to help patients by :
- Making the public aware of chronic pain;
- Informing business decision-makers and politicians about the serious medical, social and economic issues related to chronic pain;
- Informing patients about publications concerning pain;
- Promoting, on a longer-term basis, training for health professionals by granting bursaries intended to let them take part in training sessions on chronic pain.
Mémoire de l’AQDC (in French only)
L’AQDC a déposé un mémoire le 29 janvier dernier dans le cadre d’une consultation publique sur le panier de services du MSSS.
The bylaws are public and can be consulted on the website (in French only).