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Pain Management

The medical management of chronic (long-term) or acute (short-term) pain is an important priority for VA, as some 77% of Veterans report pain control as among their top three priorities in primary care.* Important issues being studied include whether computer-aided screening will increase pain diagnosis, and what techniques will best support Veterans in self-managing their pain.

* Mitchinson AR, Kerr EA, Krein SL. "Management of chronic noncancer pain by VA primary care providers: when is pain control a priority?' Am J Manag Care. 2008 Feb;14(2):77-84.

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(5 of more than 1599 PAIN focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 93 PAIN focused publication briefs)

  • Giving Veterans an Active Voice in Creating a Veteran-Centered Chronic Pain Research Agenda
    Veterans Action League (VAL) 2.0 was a two-year community engagement project (2019–2021) that sought to develop a national Veteran-centered chronic pain research agenda that includes Veteran-generated recommendations for chronic pain management and chronic pain research priorities. Findings showed that Veterans’ most frequently cited need for chronic pain management and treatment was better access...
    Date: March 23, 2023
  • Black Veterans with Chronic Pain Express Dissatisfaction with VA Telehealth Options during Pandemic
    This study sought to understand how Black Veterans with chronic pain experienced pandemic-related changes in VA healthcare delivery. Investigators conducted qualitative interviews with Black Veterans who had completed a randomized controlled trial of an intervention focused on communication and patient activation for Black patients with chronic pain. Findings showed that Veterans described mostly ...
    Date: November 14, 2022
  • AI-Guided Pain Care Might Work as Well as Phone Therapy
    Investigators in this study developed a cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain (CBT-CP) intervention using artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically adjust the modality of weekly therapist interactions based on patient feedback reported daily via interactive voice response (IVR). This trial evaluated this intervention (AI-CBT-CP) relative to therapist-delivered telephone CBT-CP. Finding...
    Date: September 1, 2022
  • Low-Value Service Use Common and Costly among Veterans Enrolled in VA Healthcare
    This study sought to quantify Veterans’ overall use and cost of low-value services, including VA-delivered care and VA-purchased community care. Findings showed that low-value service use is common and costly across a variety of VA services. In this study cohort, 19.6 low-value services per 100 Veterans were delivered by VA facilities or VA Community Care programs in fiscal year 2018, which involv...
    Date: July 5, 2022
  • PTSD-Multimorbidity in Recently Discharged Veterans Predicts Poor Social Functioning, Increasing Risk for Suicidal Ideation
    A growing body of literature suggests that problems experienced by Veterans during their transition from military to civilian life confer significant risk for suicidal ideation (SI). One of these problems is PTSD, which, along with chronic pain and sleep disturbance, can increase risk for SI. Findings from this study showed that at approximately 15 months post-separation, almost 91% of Veterans wi...
    Date: June 2, 2022

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( 5 of more than 98 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 21-207 Evaluating Group-Based Psychological Treatments over Home Video Teleconference for Older Veterans with Chronic Pain Yarns , Brandon 2023-10-01
CDA 21-015 Addressing Disparities In Pain Management Javier, Sarah 2023-08-01
PPO 22-051 Addressing Disparities in Pain Management among Veterans: A Decision Tool to Support Preference-Based Safe Prescribing and Treatment Decisions in Primary Care Schapira, Marilyn 2023-07-01
SDR 21-012 Options for Pain Management using Nonpharmacological Strategies (OPTIONS) Matthias, Marianne 2022-11-01
IIR 20-256 MOTIVATE to Improve Outcomes for Older Veterans with Musculoskeletal Pain and Depression Makris, Una 2022-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Pain" publications displayed.

  • Videoconferencing of Movement-based and Psychologically Informed Internventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Horizon Scan

    Informed Internventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Horizon Scan...Informed Internventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Horizon Scan...Informed Interventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Horizon Scan

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Commentary Chronification of Pain and the Science of Pain Management Rollin M. Gallagher...Director for Pain Management, Veterans Health Administration Pain hurts. Without

  • Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA || In Progress VA provide safe and effective pain management for all Veterans....Treatment of Pain among Veterans » Table of Contents Examining Pain and Pain Care in...the development and persistence of pain, pain management variability-associated

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Integrative Health Approaches to Addressing Pain Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, HSR&D Center...half of Veterans experience chronic pain, making it the most common condition

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Commentary Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Pain as a Public Health Problem Erin E. Krebs...Minnesota and Robert D. Kerns, PhD, HSR&D Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities

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The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
10/19/2023 Traditional East Asian Medicine for Chronic Pain Harris, Richard  
Krein, Discussant: Sarah  
10/3/2023 NIH-DOD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory: Updates, lessons learned, and future directions Kerns, Robert  
10/3/2023 Broad and Focused RFAs for Pain and Opioid Actively Managed Portfolio Central Office Staff, HSR&D/QUERI VA  
9/21/2023 Rage Against the Pain: A High-Intensity Stretching Program to Address Chronic Low Back Pain Among Veterans Etingen, Bella  
9/12/2023 Advancing Justice and Equity in Pragmatic Clinical Trials Ali, Joseph  

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