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Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

A Systematic Review of Chronic Pain Prevalence and Interventions in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury


by Kathleen Carlson, PhD ; Benjamin Morasco, PhD ; Maya O'Neil, PhD
Seminar date: 1/19/2021

Description: We conducted a systematic review of literature published through February, 2020, on the prevalence of chronic pain in Veterans and Servicemembers (SMs) with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), the risk of suicide, and the benefits and harms of interventions to treat chronic pain in this population. We found 26 studies reporting chronic pain prevalence estimates, 1 study on suicide outcomes, and 3 studies on interventions for the treatment of chronic pain in this population. We will summarize our findings on the wide range of chronic pain types and prevalence identified in this population; we will also share the very limited information on suicide risk and intervention efficacy and the research that is needed in these areas.
Intended audience: Providers who treat Veterans with chronic pain and/or a history of mild TBI; researchers, administrators, and policy-makers who work in areas related to chronic pain and/or TBI.

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