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The Chronic Pain Clinic is open to patients up to 18 years of age through referrals by doctors or nurse practitioners. Patients referred to our clinic include children and adolescents with pain lasting longer than three months and not responding well to conventional pain management therapies.

The clinic has received referrals and consultations from various subspecialties including but not limited to: rheumatology, surgery, neurology, emergency, orthopedics, and paediatrics. Please note we no longer accept children with the primary pain complaint of headache.

Some chronic pain problems being treated include:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic widespread pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain related to medical disease or condition e.g. Sickle cell disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Pain related to surgery e.g. phantom limb pain, post-operative pain lasting longer then three months
  • Medically unexplained pain

Prior to referring a patient to our clinic, please view the information on the referral process.

Referral Process

If you have a patient whom you think may benefit from the services provided by the Chronic Pain Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children, please refer your patient to us with the following information:

  • Name and specialty of referring professional
  • Patient Name
  • Patient date of birth
  • Health Card Number
  • Patient demographics: address, current phone numbers, contact information
  • Pain history (location, quality, duration)
  • Relevant Medical History
  • Allergies
  • All current and past medications
  • All current and past treatments (physical and psychological)
  • Description of the pain's impact of the child/teen's life (ADLs, school attendance etc.)
  • Copies of all relevant reports including but not limited to: referral letters, radiological tests, blood work results

Methods of referral

The preferred way to refer a patient to our clinic is through  Ambulatory Referral Management System (ARMs).

A second method of referral to the clinic is through the electronic Child Health Network (eCHN) e-Referral.  All supporting documents for referrals will also be included through eCHN. This can help ensure our clinic receives all the necessary information to assess patients and helps with reducing waiting times.  

 SickKids will no longer accept fax referrals

If accepted, your patient will receive notification of an appointment by telephone and mail from the clinic coordinator. You will also receive a electronic notification of your patients’ acceptance into our clinic via ARMs or eCHN.

If the patient is not accepted into the program we will send suggestions of alternate plans of care.