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Spotlight on Pain Management

Use of VA’s Whole Health System of Care by Veterans on Long-term Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

by Anne Black, PhD ; Blair Curtis, M.Ed.
Seminar date: 4/4/2023

Description: In this Cyberseminar, the presenters will describe the use of Whole Health services among Veterans on long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) for chronic pain who received care at one of 54 VA facilities, including the 18 Whole Health flagship sites and 36 paired VA sites, between 2017-2021. The presenters compare characteristics of Veterans on LTOT who used Whole Health services versus those who did not. Also, a combat Veteran of the U.S. Navy who serves as a member of the study’s Veteran Engagement Panel will describe her transition from LTOT for chronic pain to use of nonpharmacologic therapies, and her work as a certified yoga instructor volunteering with the Veterans Yoga Project. Target Audience: Providers working with Veterans with chronic pain and/or long-term opioid therapy, Veterans with chronic pain on long-term opioid therapy, and researchers interested in chronic pain management, Whole Health, long-term opioid therapy, and opioid use disorder.

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