Pain is central to many medical conditions and ailments, and has tremendous impact on quality of life, health care costs and economic productivity. However, the cause of pain is often uncertain, many existing treatments are only modestly effective, and new and more effective therapies are urgently needed.
One are of concern is the development of persistent pain after surgery, which is particularly common after cardiac, breast cancer, and orthopedic surgery. The Institute for Pain Research & Care is a world-class institute with a focus on exploring causes of persistent post-surgical pain, developing new strategies for its prevention, and innovative care for patients.
The mission of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care is to become a cutting edge institute in the area of chronic pain, particularly persistent post-surgical pain, and to establish a network of researchers and trainees in the field.
Using the conceptual model of persistent post-surgical pain, bring together behavioural, clinical and basic scientists to develop anew understanding of the origin, mechanisms and treatment of chronic pain.
February 19, 2021
Drs. Buckley, Busse and Zacharias discuss the new Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans hosted at McMaster University.
January 14, 2021
The articles are now published and available for free as open access in the Canadian Journal of Pain.
November 4, 2020
The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans has organized an informative virtual symposium in collaboration with the Alliance to Advance Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management. The symposium consists of four 1-hour sessions over the course of four weeks and features topics such as The Effectiveness of Cannabis and Stepped Care Model in the US Military and Pain Management Outcomes for Veteran vs Non-Veterans with Chronic Pain.
November 1, 2020
Following an extensive series of in-person, written, and online consultations about the gaps and challenges, best and promising practices, and elements of an improved approach to preventing and managing chronic pain, the Canadian Pain Task Force released its second report in October 2020. Entitled Working Together to Better Understand, Prevent, and Manage Chronic Pain: What We Heard, the report reflects the evidence, ideas, experiences, and practices that we heard from the nearly two-thousand people who participated across Canada.
August 17, 2020
Two new evidence reviews related to acute musculoskeletal injuries like strains and sprains suggest other forms of treatments are as effective as opioids and have less risk of harms to patients.
June 24, 2020
The paper, which is a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies, was co-authored by several Institute for Pain Research and Care Executive Members and Research Members.