Clermont E. Dionne is professor in the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval and chair of its Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. He is also a regular investigator in the Population Health and Optimal Health Practices Axis of the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec-Université Laval and in the Quebec Centre of Excellence in Aging (CEVQ). He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington (School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, USA). His research program focuses on the epidemiology of musculoskeletal pain, a problem that imposes one of the heaviest health burdens on Western societies. A member of numerous national and international committees, Dr. Dionne is the Epidemiology Section Editor of Pain, the premier pain journal. Recently, he chaired the local organizing committee of the International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care that was held in Quebec City in July 2019.

Identifying the causes of musculoskeletal pain and its consequences

In many cases, the source of pain cannot be identified, and its intensity is only weakly correlated with radiological evidence. Many factors are involved in the perception of pain and in its functional and social consequences, including biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors. Much remains to be done to understand the effects of these factors and their interactions.

Offer the best treatments to the right patients at the right time

For about 10% of patients, musculoskeletal pain becomes chronic. The development, validation, and evaluation of first-line prognostic tools are essential to make the most of available treatments.

Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of treatments

Many interventions are offered to counter musculoskeletal pain. It is important to identify those that are supported by sound scientific evidence, and to determine their conditions of application.

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Isaac CJ, Moore L, Bérubé M, Belzile É, Malo C, Giroux M, Belcaid A, Abiala G, Trépanier D, Émond M, Dionne CE

Predictors of adverse outcomes in elders hospitalised for isolated orthopaedic trauma: a multicentre cohort study

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Emerg Med J, 41 (3), 2024.

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Poisblaud L, Kröger E, Jauvin N, Pelletier-Jacob J, Bélanger RE, Foldes-Busque G, Aubin M, Pluye P, Guillaumie L, Amiri M, Dagenais P, Dionne CE

Perceptions and Preoccupations of Patients and Physicians Regarding Use of Medical Cannabis as an Intervention Against Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Results from a Qualitative Study

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J Pain Res, 16 , 2023.

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Massamba VK, Talbot D, Milot A, Trudel X, Dionne CE, Vézina M, Mâsse B, Gilbert-Ouimet M, Dagenais GR, Pearce N, Brisson C

Association between psychosocial work-related factors at midlife and arterial stiffness at older age in a prospective cohort of 1736 white-collar workers

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BMJ Open, 13 (9), 2023.

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Lavigne-Robichaud M, Trudel X, Talbot D, Milot A, Gilbert-Ouimet M, Vézina M, Laurin D, Dionne CE, Pearce N, Dagenais GR, Brisson C

Psychosocial Stressors at Work and Coronary Heart Disease Risk in Men and Women: 18-Year Prospective Cohort Study of Combined Exposures

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Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 16 (10), 2023.

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Duchaine CS, Brisson C, Diorio C, Talbot D, Maunsell E, Carmichael PH, Giguère Y, Gilbert-Ouimet M, Trudel X, Ndjaboué R, Vézina M, Milot A, Mâsse B, Dionne CE, Laurin D

Work-Related Psychosocial Factors and Global Cognitive Function: Are Telomere Length and Low-Grade Inflammation Potential Mediators of This Association

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Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20 (6), 2023.

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Ly A, Sirois C, Dionne CE

Sensitivity and specificity of algorithms for the identification of nonspecific low back pain in medico-administrative databases

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Pain, 164 (7), 2023.

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Hamel S, Denis I, Turcotte S, Fleet R, Archambault P, Dionne CE, Foldes-Busque G

Anxiety disorders in patients with noncardiac chest pain: association with health-related quality of life and chest pain severity

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Health Qual Life Outcomes, 20 (1), 2022.

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Dionne CE, Laurin D, Desrosiers T, Abdous B, Sage NL, Frenette J, Mondor M

The Association Between Self-Reported Cigarette Smoking and Spinal Pain is Not Explained by Serum Cotinine Levels

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Ann Epidemiol, 67 , 2022.

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Djade CD, Diorio C, Laurin D, Dionne CE

An exploratory identification of biological markers of chronic musculoskeletal pain in the low back, neck, and shoulders

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PLoS One, 17 (4), 2022.

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Dionne CE, Rossignol M, Deyo RA, Koes B, Schoene M, Battié M

Back to the Future: A Report From the 16th International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care and Updated Research Agenda

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Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 47 (19), 2022.

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Active projects

  • Coûts des maladies cardiovasculaires et des problèmes de santé mentale attribuables aux contraintes psychosociales au travail : Une étude longitudinale de 22 ans auprès de 9 000 cols blancs., from 2016-07-01 to 2025-03-31
  • Disability, Employment, and Public Policies Initiative, from 2018-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • La clinique des ainés : une transition innovante des soins pour aînés fragilisés – Éviter le retour à la case départ, from 2019-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • La part du traitement de la douleur chronique non ancéreuse d’origine musculosquelettique parmi les indications cliniques de nouvelles ordonnances d’opioïdes au Québec , from 2021-04-01 to 2024-03-31
  • Traduction et adaptation culturelle pour le Québec d’un questionnaire mesurant l’usage médical du cannabis, from 2022-04-01 to 2024-10-30

Recently finished projects

  • Epidemiology and prognostic implications of panic disorder and generalised anxiety disorder in patients with coronary artery disease, from 2019-07-01 to 2023-07-31
  • Traduction et adaptation culturelle d'un questionnaire pour la mesure de l'utilisation médicale du cannabis dans le contexte québécois dans une perspective d'études prospectives sur les effets du cannabis médical, from 2021-11-17 to 2022-03-31
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