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Coming for your appointment

We understand that meeting with a new health care team for the first time can be overwhelming and stressful. Below, you will find some information about: 

Before Your Appointment
What to bring to your appointment
Arriving at the clinic
Who you will meet with
What to expect during the appointment

Before Your Appointment

Here is a quick checklist to make sure you are well-prepared to come to your clinic appointment. Please make sure:

  • The Pain Intake Form is completed and returned to the Chronic Pain Clinic
  • You have your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card
  • You have your medical information including: all referral letters, test results, information about any therapies currently used for managing pain
  • You have directions on how to get to the clinic

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What to bring to your appointment

Please bring the following to your clinic appointment:

  • Your Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any relevant medical information such as referral letters, test results, information about any therapies currently used for managing pain
  • All medications you are currently taking (in original packaging)
  • Appropriate clothing to make the physical assessment easier (tank tops and shorts are best)

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During Your Appointment

Arriving at the clinic

Photograph of Chronic Pain Clinic waiting room

Please make sure to arrive for your appointment on time. When you first arrive at the Chronic Pain Clinic, please check in with the clinic coordinator who will register your visit. Both you and your caregivers will be given a short assessment form to complete that will give the team a better understanding of your pain and its impact on your life. This form is part of your appointment and initial assessment. This takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and must be completed prior to meeting with the Chronic Pain Clinic team.

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 Who you will meet 

You and your caregiver will meet with the entire Chronic Pain Clinic team during your appointment. This team includes an anesthesiologist, an advanced practice nurse, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and a physiotherapist. The Chronic Pain Clinic team will all meet with you at the same time because this allows for the most complete assessment.

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Photograph of Chronic Pain Clinic appointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What to expect during the appointment

The appointment with the Chronic Pain Clinic team will involve an assessment of your pain and discussion on how it impacts your life on a daily basis. For initial appointments, we will ask both the patient and the parent to describe the impact of the pain. Some of the topics we will talk about may include:

  • The history of the pain problem
    Photograph of Chronic Pain Clinic appointment room
  • How the pain is affecting sleep, mood, school, sports/hobbies, and seeing friends and family
  • What you and your caregiver are currently doing to manage the pain
  • What medications you may be taking or may have taken
  • What physical exercises you are doing
  • What coping strategies are helpful or unhelpful
  • Other medical information e.g. other conditions, allergies

The doctor and physiotherapist will also perform a physical examination.

After meeting with the team, you will be asked to wait briefly in the waiting area while the team reviews the assessment and collaborates on a plan of care. You will then be invited back into the appointment room where the team will discuss with you their findings and their suggestions for treatment.

You will have lots of time to ask questions and give feedback on the pain management plan. At the end of the appointment, you will be given a summary of the pain management plan to take home.

If any referrals or follow up appointments are needed, the clinic coordinator will be available to assist you with scheduling an appointment. In total, the initial appointment will take about two hours.

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