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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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Citations

(5 of more than 1495 PAIN focused publications)



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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 90 PAIN focused publication briefs)


  • 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
  • Research Suggests Battlefield Acupuncture is Immediate but Short-Term Pain Management Tool
    This commentary summarizes work conducted to examine battlefield acupuncture’s (BFA’s) implementation and effectiveness within the VA healthcare system. Findings show that there is some evidence that BFA is a potentially effective, immediate, but short-term pain management tool that can be used in adjunct with other pain therapies. BFA produced a minimal clinically important improvement in pain fo...
    Date: March 26, 2021
  • JGIM Supplement Features VA Research on Improving Opioid Safety among Veterans with Chronic Pain and Addiction
    In the fall of 2019, HSR&D convened a state-of-the-art (SOTA) conference – “Effective Management of Pain and Addiction: Strategies to Improve Opioid Safety” – to develop research priorities for advancing the science and clinical practice of opioid safety, including both the use of opioid analgesics and managing opioid use disorder (OUD). A group of researchers and VA clinical stakeholders defined ...
    Date: December 1, 2020
  • Low-Value Diagnostic Testing for Back Pain, Sinusitis, Headache, and Syncope Is Common and Varies Across VA Medical Centers
    This study sought to determine the frequency and degree of variation in low-value diagnostic testing for four common conditions across 127 VAMCs. Findings showed that low-value diagnostic testing for four conditions was common; it affected 5-21% of Veterans, varied 2-to-5 fold across VAMCs, and was significantly correlated at the VAMC level. Applying sensitive criteria, the overall and VAMC-level ...
    Date: September 22, 2020

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Studies

( 5 of more than 94 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 20-242 Self-Administered Acupressure for Veterans with Chronic Back Pain: A Multisite Evaluation of Effectiveness and Implementation Krein, Sarah 2022-06-01
SDR 21-108 Role of Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments in Safe and Effective Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Black, Anne 2022-05-01
SDR 21-092 COVID-19 Impact on Pain management: Highlighting, Explaining, and Realigning services (CIPHER) McGuire, Alan 2022-04-01
CDA 19-075 Building Better Interdisciplinary Pain Teams Across Disciplines Giannitrapani, Karleen 2022-01-01
SDR 21-107 Diagnosing and Treating Veterans with Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse Lagisetty, Pooja 2022-01-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
11/1/2022 Understanding Heterogeneity in Effects of Interventions for Chronic Pain Allen, Kelli  
10/4/2022 The Pain Services Evaluation Program: A Partnered Evaluation Relyea, Mark  
Edmond, Sara  
9/15/2022 The APPROACH Study: Assessing Pain, Patient Reported Outcomes and Complementary and Integrative Health (A VA National Demonstration Project) Taylor, Stephanie  
Zeliadt, Steven  
9/6/2022 Pain Management Strategies, Associated Psychological Variables, and Outcomes in Critical Limb Ischemia: Opportunities for a Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program Smolderen, Kim  
7/21/2022 Telehealth Delivery of Multimodal Complementary Integrated Health (CIH) Intervention for Suicide Prevention Haghighi, Fatemeh  
Byma, Lauren  

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