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Chronic Pain in the Emergency Department: Understanding Contributing Factors to Improve Health Care Outcomes, Health Care Utilization and Prescription Opioid Abuse

by CPN Admin | Apr 07, 2017
Leaders: Patricia Poulin and Catherine Smyth 
Institution(s): The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, St. Joseph’s Care Group and Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Other Member(s): Bryan MacLeod

This study seeks to examine how chronic pain is handled in the Emergency Department; ascertain the proportion of patient with chronic pain, who are frequent users of the Emergency Department, who have had access to self-management, inter-disciplinary interventions or to a pain specialist; ascertain stakeholders’ expectations of how chronic pain should be managed in the Emergency Department; and to explore the different reasons for presentation, care provided, care expectations and access to self-management, interdisciplinary program or pain specialists. The study also seeks to describe characteristics of patients with chronic pain who frequently use the Emergency Department to address their pain.

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