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The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre (MGD NPC) was established in 2010 through a generous gift from Michael G. DeGroote. The centre draws on McMaster’s expertise in evidence-based medicine to identify, collate, review, revise, update and develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of pain. Guidelines are then disseminated using best practice techniques of knowledge translation.

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The vision for the MGD NPC is to promote evidence-based pain management.


The mission of the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre is to improve the management of pain through the dissemination of best practice information.

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To become a repository for high quality best practice guidelines in pain management.

How We Help

Every year thousands of scientific papers are published on the topic of pain. Far too much information to be absorbed by any one patient or clinician. In response, the National Pain Center has developed expertise in the synthesis of information, and creation of clinical practice guidelines.

Evidence alone is not sufficient to guide clinical decision-making and we place a high value on patient values and preferences. Accordingly, we work closely in all of our projects with patients who have lived experience with pain and their caregivers – both to ensure our efforts are accountable to their needs and to incorporate patients’ and carers’ input into the design, analysis and interpretation of our research.