Making a Referral
Do You Need a Pain Specialist?
Answer the following questions to determine if a referral to a pain specialist might benefit you. Share this information with your primary care physician to help your doctor decide whether a referral is appropriate.
- Have you experienced pain for longer than three months?
- Have conservative treatments for your pain failed?
- Is your primary care physician unsure of the cause of your pain?
- Is pain having a negative impact on your quality of life, family or work life?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may benefit from a referral to a pain specialist. Your doctor may fax all of your pertinent medical information to our office at 317.274.2070. We can fax referral forms to your doctor. Just have your doctor's office call 317.944.8660, give us their fax number and ask for the pain clinic referral forms.
How the Process Begins
Patients evaluated at the Pain Center at Indiana University Health University Hospital must have a current primary care physician to coordinate their care and provide medical management. A physician referral is required. Your primary care physician or specialist may refer you to our clinic.
When a referral is requested, your referring physician will forward pertinent medical information to our staff physicians prior to accepting your case. The physicians review your diagnoses, treatment history, any test results or other information. This helps the physicians determine the best treatment plan for your specific condition, whether it is interventional or medication. Once you are accepted as a clinic patient, a staff member will contact you to schedule an initial evaluation.
Compared with many other pain clinics that have waiting times of several weeks to months for a consultation, our clinic, when provided with the requested medical documentation, can provide a review and an appointment in a short amount of time. For acute conditions, the referring physician should call our office and request an emergency referral. The pain clinic physicians see active cancer patients usually within 48 hours of receipt of the referral.
Information for New and Current Patients
During the first visit, each patient will receive a thorough evaluation by pain clinic physicians, including the staff physician and a resident or fellow. The visit usually lasts about an hour but can be longer, depending on the complexity of your medical situation. Typically, patients will not receive an interventional procedure at this first visit.
Bring with you:
- Photo ID, such as driver's license.
- All your current insurance information.
- A list of questions you want to ask the pain specialist.
- Fill out the new patient packet that the clinic mails to you. Bring the new patient packet with you to your visit.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 3 pm During these office hours, you can call the clinic at 317.944.8660.
On Call After Hours
Physicians are on call after office hours for established patients for urgent issues that may arise. Examples of appropriate after-hours calls include:
- You are experiencing problems related to a procedure performed by our staff.
- You are experiencing problems with an implanted device we have placed.
- You are an established cancer patient with problems with pain control.
- You are a physician and need to make an urgent referral.
In these situations, simply call the hospital's main number 317.944.5000 and ask for the chronic pain fellow on call.