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New map of pain shows where it hurts

Published: November 4, 2013
Interactive pain conditions body map

A 'Pain Body Map' showing a visual body map and tagging available information about pain problems in specific areas has been developed at McMaster University for a national website on pain.

Anthony Gobran
Anthony Gobran

Anthony Gobran worked with the Canadian Pain Coalition on its website while he was a McMaster Bachelor of Health Sciences student last year. He is now a first-year student of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

"Patients sometimes don't know the medical terms, but they know where it hurts," said Gobran. "This will make it easier for them to find specific information to help them cure or cope with chronic pain."

The pain body map is part of an update of content on the website by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster with the Canadian Pain Coalition, a patient interest group. Its Pain Resource Centre (PRC) promotes sustained improvement in the treatment of all types of pain through public education, media coverage and government awareness. 

The updated version of the patient information portal is being launched during National Pain Awareness Week in Canada which runs Nov. 3 to 9.

This week was designated in Canada to raise public awareness of the growing problem of people living with chronic pain.  Local events include Party for Pain on Nov. 6, an evening to support the enhancement of pain services at Hamilton Health Sciences

The event will also honour McMaster emeritus professors Dr.  J.B. Forrest of the Department of Anesthesia and Dr. Eldon Tunks of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, who have been at the forefront of pain management in Canada.  They were part of the first multi-disciplinary pain clinic in Ontario when it opened at the McMaster University Medical Centre in 1972.

The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University is working to make a meaningful contribution in addressing the problem of pain in Canada by improving the management of chronic pain through the dissemination of best-practice information, said director Dr. Norm Buckley

"National Pain Awareness Week provides an opportunity to address a chronic disease that affects an estimated one in five people whose pain impacts their daily activities," he said.

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