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Michael G. DeGroote Centre Institute for Pain Research and Care

Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre

A Pillar of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre Institute for Pain Research and Care

The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre is the third pillar in the tripod of what we anticipate will be an internationally important initiative.

In Hamilton, the identification of the problem of chronic pain and the need for development of effective treatment is increasingly absorbing more attention and focus.

We have the basic science program currently in the Institute for Pain Research and Care, robustly accented with related research in its sister institutes.

McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences currently operate the largest university-affiliated pain centre in Canada, with over 13,000 patient visits annually. This provides clinical care as well as training for health care professionals in pain management, and a unique opportunity to evaluate the impact of guidelines on care.

The combination of basic science, clinical care and education, and now the National Pain Centre’s development of best practice guidelines will make the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care unequalled in the international quest to resolve the problem of chronic pain.


  • NEW COURSE - Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Using the Canadian Guideline in Your Practice. This on-line teaching module explores each of the five clusters of the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. Accredited by: Mainpro-M1, Maintenance of Certification (Section 1), Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP).

  • NATIONAL PAIN AWARENESS WEEK - November 3-9 marks National Pain Awareness Week in Canada.  This week was designated to raise public awareness of the growing problem of people living with chronic pain.  Many activities are taking place across the country to raise awareness.  Local events include Party for Pain (, an evening to support the enhancement of pain services at Hamilton Health Sciences.  The event will also honour Professors Emeriti Dr. J.B. Forrest (Anesthesia) and Dr. Eldon Tunks (Psychiatry) who have been at the forefront of pain management in Canada.  They were part of the first multi-disciplinary pain clinic in Ontario when it opened at the McMaster Medical Centre in 1972.

    The week will also mark the release of an updated version of the patient information portal on the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC) website (  The Canadian Pain Coalition is a patient interest group; their Pain Resource Centre (PRC) promotes sustained improvement in the treatment of all types of pain through public education, media coverage and government awareness.  The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre partnered with the PRC to update the content on the site, and to create a “Pain Body Map” which links a visual body map to available information about pain problems.  This project was undertaken by Anthony Gobran, a BHSc student now enrolled in the McMaster undergraduate medical program.  He was supported by a student grant and CPC funding.

    The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University is working to make a meaningful contribution in addressing the problem of pain in Canada by improving the management of chronic pain through the dissemination of best-practice information.  National Pain Awareness Week provides an opportunity to address a chronic disease that affects an estimated one in five people whose pain impacts their daily activities. 

  • Party for Pain - A evening to support the enhancement of pain services at Hamilton Health Sciences. Presented by McMaster University and the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic - taking place during National Pain Awareness Week. Michelangelo's Banquet and Convention Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton, ON. Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

  • Safe Opioid Prescribing. An opioid prescribing course (previously known as the CPSO Physician Prescribing Skills Course) is a three-part series of courses to assist physicians in acquiring knowledge and learning in the field of pain management. For further information visit:
  • National strategy announced - "First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada's Prescription Drug Crisis" aimed at highlighting what is needed to address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Canada.
  • CTV Three-Part Series on Chronic Pain. Focus on improving awareness of pain issues facing Canadians and highlighting the need for multidisciplinary management of chronic pain. Links for the three-part series: Monday, February 4, 2013 - February 6-7, 2013 -
  • Mobile App now available on Android and Apple iTunes:
  • The Opioid Manager app is now available at Apple iTunes. Leave your comments/suggestions at
  • Learn about "The Pain Diaries" a play (soon to be a film) about one woman's journey through chronic pain.
  • Critics allege OxyNEO was introduced in Canada because of impending patent expiry (The Toronto Star, April 21, 2012)
  • Chronic pain patients overlooked in debate about OxyContin abuse (Globe and Mail, April 15, 2012)
  • McMaster University is conducting a study on a new FREE information service for evidence-based pain management:
  • Ideas and innovations. The Opioid Manager: A point-of-care tool to facilitate the use of the Canadian Opioid Guideline. AD Furlan, R Reardon, L Salach. J Opioid Management, Jan/Feb 2012; p 57-61. Abstract.
  • The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre hosted a CIHR CAFE Scientifique on November 2, 2011 - "What a Pain! Debate Around the Use of Opioids in Chronic Pain Management". Key messages from patients, physicians and pharmacists were presented. [View Video] Video
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