VA HSR&D researchers conduct an extensive number of investigations designed to improve clinical decision-making and care, inform patients, evaluate changes in the healthcare system, and inform VA policymaking. In Progress is a quarterly publication that will highlight ongoing HSR&D research on various topics.
In This Issue: Improving Treatment of Pain among Veterans
Among adults in the United States, 20% to 30% report chronic pain. Moreover, low-back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders are three of the top five causes of disability, with a cost to society of $500-$635 billion annually.1,2 Among Veterans treated in the VA healthcare system, chronic non-cancer pain is highly prevalent (50% to 60% of patients) and is a major contributor to poor health-related quality of life.3 In addition, among Veterans with pain, higher prescribed opioid doses are associated with higher risk of accidental poisoning death and suicide death.4 This issue features several ongoing HSR&D and QUERI studies that will help VA provide safe and effective pain management for all Veterans.
Improving Treatment for Veterans with Pain and Chronic Conditions
Non-pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Management
Additional Ongoing Studies
Patient-Centered Pain Care Using Artificial Intelligence and Mobile Health Tools
Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA
A Walking Program to Reduce Pain among Black Veterans
Peer-Coach Led Intervention to Improve Pain Symptoms
Cost-Effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Treatments to Reduce Pain
1. Kennedy J, Roll J, Schraudner T, et al. Prevalence of persistent pain in the U.S. adult population: New data from the 2010 National Health Survey. Journal of Pain. October 2014;15(10):979-984.
2. Murray C, Atkinson C, Bhalla K, et al. The state of the US health, 1990-2010: Burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors. JAMA. August 14, 2013:31D(6):591-608.
3. Improving Pain-Related Outcomes for Veterans (IMPROVE).
4. See slides for citation.
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