The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre is the third pillar in the tripod of what is anticipated to 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.
The National Pain Centre has 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.