​​​​​Prospective patients are referred to the RPS by their family physicians via Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI).

TAPMI is a network of pain management services in downtown Toronto. It is a partnership of academic pain management hospitals – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Sinai Health System, St. Michael's Hospital, University Health Network and Women's College Hospital – working together to provide seamless care for Ontario's chronic pain patients via a centralized referral network.

To ensure patients get to the right place thei​r first time, TAPMI is developing a simplified intake and triage process. Referrals are triaged by a team member at TAPMI central intake (located at Women's College Hospital) and patients can expect to receive treatment at any of the five TAPMI partner hospitals,​​​ depending on their plan of care. The TAPMI health care practitioners communicate about each case to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible and the health care practitioner is aware of the care plan.

Please advise patients you are referring to bring the following to their first visit to our clinic:

  • Their valid OHIP card (or proof of medical insurance coverage)
  • Completed pain questionnaires*
  • List of medications they are currently taking

*Patients with email addresses will be emailed a link to the pain questionnaires 2 weeks prior to their first appointment. For patients without email addresses, an iPad or hard copy forms will be given to them at their first appointment so they should arrive 45 minutes early.​​


Checklist for Making a Complete Referral

  • A completed referral form, including a clear description of the pain condition, its onset, duration, intensity and previous interventional treatments
  • All relevant clinical notes
  • Tests and any other relevant results including imaging films or CDs (x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound)
  • List of medications previously or currently prescribed for management of the patient's pain condition

Please note that if this information is not included, your referral may be returned as incomplete.

​More Referral Links


Go to the Comprehensive Pain Integrated Pain Program (CIPP) – Rehabilitation Pain Service (RPS)​​