Research projects

QUEBEC PAIN REGISTRY

Despite decades of research, patients with chronic pain continue to be inappropriately treated, with a large number of patients going from doctor to doctor or moving outside mainstream medicine in their desperation for pain relief.

An important barrier to optimized pain management was the lack of widely-accepted, evidence-based standards of care for chronic pain. One contributing reason for this situation was that studies were based on small sample sizes and used different outcome domains and measurement tools.

The Quebec Pain Registry project is a project supported by the Health Ministry and aimed at developing a provincial research infrastructure for the study of chronic pain and the improvement of clinical practices. This Pain Registry reaches the objectives of:

  1. Following-up on clinical outcomes of patients consulting to four recently-implanted specialized pain facilities;
  2. Providing clinico-administrative statistics on the relevance of those facilities.