Develop a provincial infrastructure for research on chronic pain to assist in epidemiological, observational, and large scale clinical studies, including randomised clinical trials which are part of the Quebec Pain Research Network strategic plan.
This clinical registry records socio-demographic and diagnostic information about patients who are followed in clinics specialized in chronic pain management.
This project answers two wishes formulated by the Quebec Ministry of Health:
- to monitor the clinical outcomes of 4 newly implemented Pain Centres of Expertise across Quebec, and
- to obtain relevent administrative statistics on their functioning
To meet the objectives of both these organizations, there was a need to put in place a pain patient registry which used identical clinical descriptors, uniform outcomes, and common validated/standardized measurement tools.