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Evidence to Improve Care

Chronic Pain

Care for Adults

This quality standard will address care for people with chronic pain. It will apply to all care settings.

This quality standard will provide guidance on multidisciplinary therapies for chronic pain. It will not address opioid prescribing for chronic pain, which is addressed in a separate Health Quality Ontario quality standard.

This project started in September 2017.

If you have any questions please send an e-mail to

Health Quality Ontario thanks the following individuals for their generous, voluntary contributions of time and expertise to help create this quality standard:

Karen St. Jacques (Co-Chair)
St. Joseph's Hospital,Thunder Bay

Tania Di Renna (Co-Chair)
Medical Director,
Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI)

Andrea Furlan
Physician staff, senior scientist
University Health Network

Arun Radhakrishnan
Family Health Team Consultant,
The Ottawa Hospital

Aska Patel
Consultant Pharmacist,
Central West Local Health Integration Network

Chris Giorshev
Family Medicine,
The Simcoe Clinic

D Norman Buckley
Department of Anestehsia, McMaster University

Fiona Campbell
Staff physican, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children,
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Hance Clarke
Pain Services, Transitional Pain Program, University Health Network , Centenary Pain Clinic

Heather Boynton
Mental Health Outpatients, St. Joseph's Care Group

Henrique Candelaria
Doctor of Chiropractic, Advanced Practice Clinician,
University Health Network

Jennifer Tyrrell
Clinical Nurse Specialist,
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Chidlren

Jonathan Bertram
Addiction Medicine Service, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Julie Besse
Registered Dietitian,
St. Joseph's Care Group, Chronic Pain Management Program

Kari VanCamp
Nurse Practitioner,
Centre for Addictions and Mental Health 

Mary-Ellen Hogan
Health Services Researcher, Pharmacist,
University of Toronto

Monakshi Sawhney
Assistant Professor, Queen's University, School of Nursing
Nurse Practitoner, Chronic Pain Clinic, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario

Patricia Poulin
Psychologist, The Ottawa Hospital
Research, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Sarah Sheffe
Occupational Therapist,
Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute, Women's College Hospital

Sulabh Singh
Registered Physiotherapist,
N'Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre

Lutz Plotzke
Lived Experience Advisor

Janet Rodriguez
Lived Experience Advisor

Lynn Cooper
Lived Experience Advisor

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