Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP) Center
Portland VA Medical Center
Devan Kansagara, MD, MCR, Director
O'Neil ME, Carlson KF, Holmer HK, Ayers CK, Morasco BJ, Kansagara D, Kondo K. Chronic Pain in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Washington, DC: Evidence Synthesis Program, Health Services Research and Development Service, Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs. VA ESP Project #05-225; 2020.
We conducted a systematic review to synthesize the existing literature on the prevalence of chronic pain in Veterans and Servicemembers (SMs) with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), the risk of suicide in this population, and the benefits and harms of interventions to treat chronic pain in this population.
Key Question 1: What is the prevalence of chronic pain in US Veterans or Servicemembers with a history of mTBI?
Key Question 2: What is the risk of suicide in US Veterans or Servicemembers with chronic pain and a history of mTBI?
Key Question 3. What are the benefits and harms of interventions to treat chronic pain in Veterans or Servicemembers with a history of mTBI?