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This provides important information for medical professionals regarding patient referrals, pain management treatments, and the general setup of the Island Health Pain Program.

Referral Process

To refer a patient to the clinic, please print and complete the Referral Form with Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria.

Please mail or fax the completed form to the appropriate location (RJH or NRGH). When possible please use inter-hospital mail. 

Triage Referrals

Triage Benchmarks explains wait times and how we triage referrals.

Complex Case Rounds

Complex case rounds are held weekly at the Pain Clinic and serve as an opportunity for each member of the interdisciplinary team to assess a patient. 

We also invite the patient’s family physician, physiotherapist, and other healthcare providers to contribute to the process.

Click on the following link for more about the Pain Program's Complex Case Rounds (PDF).

Model of Care

Please click on the following link to view the Pain Program's Model of Care (PDF).

About the Pain Program

The Pain Program uses a holistic approach to understand and treat pain and its effects. Read more about the Pain Program.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Canadian Medical Association has been active in the promotion of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for several years. They maintain a database of guidelines developed or endorsed by Canadian national or provincial health organizations or expert groups. This database, named the CMA Infobase, is available on the Internet at: http://cma.ca/infobase. Since its inception in 2000, it has grown to be a highly regarded and highly valued clinical electronic resource on the cma.ca web site by the CMA physician membership.

Neuropathic Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Donna Buna, Pharm D. with the Pain Program, has created a Neuropathic Pain Algorithm (PDF).

Treatments and Interventional Procedures