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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.


News and Announcements

  • Push on to get dentists to stop routinley prescribing potentially deadly opioids. Ottawa Citizen. July 10, 2014.

  • Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award – Dr. Norm Buckley, Director of the National Pain Centre was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education Award.  The award was presented to Dr. Buckley at the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Meeting held May 20-23, 2014 in Quebec City.  Each year a CPS member who has demonstrated excellence in interprofessional pain education in an accredited university setting, a community hospital setting or in a setting with various community healthcare professionals is honoured with this award.

  • Template for Action – This template is the product of three meetings concerning “A Practical Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse and Diversion” which included a wide range of people and organizations with an interest in resolving the problem of prescription drug misuse.  Our goal is that stakeholders will take the strategic action items and carry them out in their own community.  Please forward your comments to us regarding which group you belong to and how feasible or effective you find them to be.  If you are interested in participating in future activity around this initiative please email your contact information to us at npc@mcmaster.ca 

  • NEW OPIOIDS 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). https://www.mdcme.ca/courseinfo.asp?id=127.

  • 8th Annual McMaster University Pain Program 2014. Saturday, September 20, 2014. Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario. Target Audience: Family Physicians, Pain Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Nurses, Residents, Occupational Therapists and Students. http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/conted/documents/MYC_8th_McMasterPainConference2014_web.pdf

  • 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 5, 2014. http://www.partyforpain.ca

  • 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. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/medication-abuse-strategy-calls-for-more-monitoring-of-prescriptions-1.1213048
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