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Chronic pain: identification, assessment and referral of patient with chronic pain syndrome

Practice guidelines - Posted on Dec 01 2009
  • To promote implementation of appropriate care pathways for patients with chronic pain:

      • define how patients with chronic pain can be identified
      • define the situations in which referral to a pain clinic for assessment and management of chronic pain is required, using an evaluation by professionals outside such facilities
      • define the content of the initial assessment within a pain clinic
      • define the criteria to use when deciding whether to refer the patient following this initial assessment
  • To promote exchanges between professionals in pain clinics and professionals who refer patients to such facilities:

      • define the information that should be communicated between professionals when referring patients to pain clinics and following initial assessment in such facilities

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