A 1-year pilot program is underway at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network to test the effectiveness of intensive multimodal therapy in preventing the emergence of chronic pain in postsurgical patients. A secondary objective of the program is to better identify chronic pain risk factors, discern what works best to stop or modify the “pain pathway” for patients, and how interventions can prevent hospital readmissions of complex patients after surgery.
Poorly controlled postsurgical pain is a major risk factor for the development of chronic pain and concurrent risk for long-term opioid use. The new transitional pain team is composed of practitioners from a variety of backgrounds who can engage different interventional strategies to help and teach patients to manage their pain.
Read a news story on the program here.