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Spotlight on Pain Management

Health Coaching for Veterans with Complex Chronic Pain

by Lisa McAndrew, PhD ; Nicole Sullivan, PhD
Seminar date: 9/1/2020

Description: The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) labels chronic pain as one of the most extensive health care issues facing our society. Pain predominant chronic multisymptom illness (Pain-CMI, e.g., fibromyalgia) is a particularly debilitating and presumptive service connected condition for Veterans who deployed to the Gulf region. Health coaching is an appealing potential approach to improve the disability of Pain-CMI because it is personalized to the Veteran’s unique goals and beliefs about Pain-CMI and it will be widely available as the VA is rolling out health coaching. The goal of this talk is to provide the rational for using health coaching for Veterans with Pain-CMI, discuss our adaptation of health coaching for Pain-CMI, provide initial data from a pilot clinical trial and talk about next steps.

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