November 2-8 is National Pain Awareness Week
Pain is a serious health problem for society, with approximately 15% of Canadians, or 6 million people, reporting to suffer from chronic pain. People in pain will miss work, reducing productivity, and will visit the doctor more frequently, placing a burden on a health care system already stretched thin. In-hospital patients enduring pain from non-surgical conditions are less likely to be treated, whereas outpatients presenting with chronic pain are often dismissed.
Dr. Mark Ware
Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia, McGill University
Co-Director, FRQS Quebec Pain Research Network
Director of Clinical Research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, Montreal General Hospital
Expertise: Primary care pain management, research on cannabinoids for pain, and interdisciplinary pain management approaches.
Available in English and French
Dr. Fernando Cervero
Director, The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, McGill University
Expertise: Pain research, pain mechanisms, neuroscience of pain
Preference for English, but available in French as well