The CanPain SCI clinical practice guidelines for rehabilitation management of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury: 2021 update

Eldon Loh, Magdalena Mirkowski, Alexandria Roa Agudelo, David J. Allison, Brooke Benton, Thomas N. Bryce, Sara Guilcher, Tara Jeji, Anna Kras-Dupuis, Denise Kreutzwiser, Oda Lanizi, Gary Lee-Tai-Fuy, James W. Middleton, Dwight E. Moulin, Colleen O’Connell, Steve Orenczuk, Patrick Potter, Christine Short, Robert Teasell, Andrea TownsonEva Widerström-Noga, Dalton L. Wolfe, Nancy Xia, Swati Mehta

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Abstract

Study design: Clinical practice guidelines. Objectives: The objective was to update the 2016 version of the Canadian clinical practice guidelines for the management of neuropathic pain in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting: The guidelines are relevant for inpatient, outpatient and community SCI rehabilitation settings in Canada. Methods: The guidelines were updated in accordance with the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II tool. A Steering Committee and Working Group reviewed the relevant evidence on neuropathic pain management (encompassing screening and diagnosis, treatment and models of care) after SCI. The quality of evidence was scored using Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE). A consensus process was followed to achieve agreement on recommendations and clinical considerations. Results: The working group identified and reviewed 46 additional relevant articles published since the last version of the guidelines. The panel agreed on 3 new screening and diagnosis recommendations and 8 new treatment recommendations. Two key changes to these treatment recommendations included the introduction of general treatment principles and a new treatment recommendation classification system. No new recommendations to model of care were made. Conclusions: The CanPainSCI recommendations for the management of neuropathic pain after SCI should be used to inform practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-566
Number of pages19
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

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