McMaster University

Michael G. DeGroote
National Pain Centre

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Institute for Pain Research and Care


  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010


2017 News


Date Title

Dec 2017

Developing a National Pain Strategy for Canada – The McMaster Health Forum convened a stakeholder dialogue, December 14, 2017, on the subject of developing a national pain strategy for Canada.  With the support of the Institute for Pain Research and Care, in the context of support for the Chronic Pain Network, which is part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR), the dialogue brought together 24 participants from across Canada to examine the problem, elements of a comprehensive approach for addressing it, and key implementation considerations.  To read the overview, evidence brief and dialogue summary visit the McMaster Health Forum website:


May 2017

Announcing The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain on May 8, 2017 - Thanks to everyone who submitted their feedback on the draft recommendations. We heard from key stakeholder groups and individuals from across Canada—over 500 submissions in all! The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain was developed in co-operation with Health Canada and The Canadian Medical Association Journal.


January 2017

On behalf of the Steering Committee of the 2017 Guideline for the Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, I am pleased to announce that our draft guideline Recommendations are available for your review online at the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre website. In addition, you will find:

  1. A brief summary of the process used to develop the recommendations,
  2. Our values and preferences statement, which was used to guide each recommendation
  3. A link to a secure survey to provide your comments.  Survey no longer available. 


2016 News


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March 2016 The SPOR Chronic Pain Network led by Dr. Norm Buckley was awarded $12.5 million from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) .  Dr. Buckley, Scientific Director for the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care will bring national teams together to carry out laboratory and clinical research studies to identify new treatments to manage and prevent chronic pain.  Patients and professionals will be trained to work together.  Training programs will develop new researchers and support education for healthcare professionals about pain and its treatment.  A network of pain clinics across the country will support large scale studies of pain treatment and ensure that new knowledge is quickly moved into practice.  The SPOR Chronic Pain Network will be a patient-centred project that engages patients as partners, focusing on patient-identified priorities to improve their health outcomes, identify new treatments, and deliver a more effective health care system to Canadians. 


2015 News


Date Title
Sept 2015

PainHQ launched; an on-line resource for individuals living with pain offering high quality educaiton and information related to neuropathic pain especially post-stroke pain.

July 2015

Pain Update - Newsletter of the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre and Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

June 2015

The new Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic opened its doors at McMaster University Health Sciences. It is an adult outpatient clinic that will be one of the largest interdisciplinary pain programs in Canada.

May 15 2015

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, attends the Prescribing Practices Forum at McMaster University.

Apr 2015 Dr. Jason Busse awarded Health Canada funding to update the Canadian Opioid Guideline.


2014 News


Date Title
Nov 8 2014

Persistent Post-Surgical Pain — A Model for the Study of Chronic Pain. Inaugural symposium for the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care. Review cutting edge evidence as it relates to persistent post-surgical pain. Saturday, November 8, 2014. Liuna Station, 360 James Street North, Hamilton.

June 26 2014

Pain Rounds — Title: Opioid abuse and divsersion — a community strategy to addressing this problem. Speaker: Dr. Norm Buckley. Time: 5:30 pm. Location: MDCL-2232, McMaster University.

Jan 2014

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). Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Using the Canadian Guideline in Your Practice.


2013 News


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Nov 6, 2013

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.

Sept 14, 2013

2nd Practical Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse & Diversion Meeting. Presented by: Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre and Department of Anesthesia, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. September 14, 2013.

Apr-Jun 2013

On-line course, Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. Presented by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in partnership with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network. April 22 to May 11, 2013 and June 3 to 22, 2013.

Apr 25, 2013

A Practical Approach to Prescription Drug Misuse and Diversion. Hamilton, Ontario, April 25, 2013. Register online:

Apr 5-6, 2013

Canadian Interventional Pain Course, Hamilton, ON, April 5-6, 2013.

Mar 27, 2013

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.

Mar 3, 2013

Developing Communication Skills with Patients with Chronic Pain, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON. Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Feb 4-7, 2013 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 -


2012 News


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Sept 15 2012

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Sept 15 2012 6th Annual McMaster Pain Program 2012. Saturday, September 15, 2012. Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON. Target Audience: Family Physicians, Pain Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Nurses, Residents and Students.
May 23 2012

The Canadian Pain Society Annual Conference, May 23-26, 2012,Whistler, BC.

May 12 2012 Prescription Drug Drop-Off. Take back old and unused meds. Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Apr 24 2012 Call to Action: "The Need For A National Pain Strategy for Canada". Canadians urging parliament to adopt a strategy that will give all Canadians access to desperately-needed pain management services.
Apr 21 2012 Critics allege OxyNEO was introduced in Canada because of impending patent expiry (The Toronto Star, April 21, 2012)
Apr 15 2012 Chronic pain patients overlooked in debate about OxyContin abuse (Globe and Mail, April 15, 2012)
Apr 2 2012 McMaster University is conducting a study on a new FREE information service for evidence-based pain management.
Mar 5 2012 Chronic pain patients collateral damage of drug-abuse policy (Andre Picard, Globe and Mail, March 5, 2012)
Mar 5 2012 Fatal overdose sparks warning about switch from OxyContin (Anna Mehler Paperny, Globe and Mail, March 5, 212)
Mar 1 2012 Rush to remove OxyContin called misguided (Vancouver Sun, March 1, 2012)
Jan/Feb 2012 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.


2011 News


Date Title
01.12.2011 Special Interest/Focused Practice Group formed in chronic non-cancer pain (Dec 2011)
23.11.2011 Generation Rx: The Use and Abuse of Prescription Pain Medication. CBC's White Coat, Black Art. Dr. Andrea Furlan (Panel Member). Brockville, ON (November 23, 2011).
15.11.2011 The Opioid Manager has been translated and is available to download in French, Portuguese and Spanish.
02.11.2011 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
01.11.2011 The Opioid Manager is available in OSCAR, an electronic medical record system containing health information, chronic disease management tools, prescription module and many other features.
03.10.2011 Salvation or slippery slope? (Montreal Gazette, Oct 3, 2011)
18.07.2011 McMaster Health Forum spotlights need for better pain management (July 2011)
02.06.2011 Illicit Use of Pharmaceuticals Workshop - Final Report (English) (French) (June 2011, Vancouver)


The first anniversary of the Canadian Opioid Guideline: "Maintaining Momentum" PDF (Canadian Pain Society Keynote presentation — Andrea D. Furlan, MD, PhD)
08.03.2011 Brooklyn's battle (CHCH News) (link no longer available)
17.02.2011 Reducing the pain, easing the agony (CHCH News) (link no longer available)


2010 News


Date Title
02.06.2010 Opioid use and treatment for pain (World at Six on CBC Radio) Audio
28.05.2010 2010 NOUGG National Faculty Meeting Photo Slideshow
23.05.2010 Chronic pain vs. addiction: New guidelines fuel debate on opioids (Canwest News Service)
14.05.2010 Interview with Norm Buckley (AM900 CHML Morning News) Audio
03.05.2010 McMaster centre’s website gives access to new opioid guidelines (McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences)
03.05.2010 First Canadian guidelines issued for opioid painkillers (The Globe and Mail)
03.05.2010 Opioid misuse sparks guidelines for doctors (CBC News)
03.05.2010 Painkiller abuse sparks new Canadian guidelines (CTV News)