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Advancing the Pain Agenda in the Veteran Population.

Gallagher RM. Advancing the Pain Agenda in the Veteran Population. Anesthesiology clinics. 2016 Jun 1; 34(2):357-78.

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides medical care for Veterans after leaving the military. The combination of multiple deployments and battlefield exposures to physical and psychological trauma results in a higher prevalence and complexity of chronic pain in Veterans than in the general public. The VHA and the Department of Defense work together to develop a single standard of stepped pain management appropriate for all settings from moment of injury or disease onset. This article describes the education, academic detailing, and clinical programs and policies that are transforming pain care in the VHA.

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