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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Hausmann LR. Using Positive Psychology to Improve Pain and Functioning in Veterans with Arthritis. Spotlight on Pain Management [Cyberseminar]. Veterans Affairs Heath Services Research and Development. 2018 Mar 6.
(5 of more than 65 PAIN focused publication briefs)
Medical Record Alert Associated with Reduced Opioid and Benzodiazepine Co-prescribing This implementation project evaluated the effectiveness of an advanced medication alert designed to reduce opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescribing among Veterans with high-risk conditions (substance use disorder, sleep apnea, suicide risk, and age =65) at one VA healthcare system (VA Puget Sound). Findings showed that the proportions of patients with concurrent prescriptions decreased significant...
Date: December 28, 2017
Effects of Cannabis among Adults with Chronic Pain This systematic review assesses the efficacy of cannabis for treating chronic pain, and provides a broad overview of the short- and long-term physical and mental health effects of cannabis use in chronic pain and general patient populations. Overall, investigators found low-strength evidence that cannabis may improve pain in some patients with neuropathic pain and insufficient evidence to characte...
A Positive Psychological Intervention Improves Outcomes for Veterans with Knee or Hip Osteoarthritis This study sought to determine whether patients randomized to a program designed to boost positive affect and develop positive psychological skills (e.g., gratitude and kindness) would report greater improvements over time in osteoarthritis (OA) symptom severity and measures of psychosocial well-being compared with patients randomized to a neutral control program. Findings showed that the 6-week p...
Date: June 27, 2017
Managing Chronic Pain in the Wake of the Opioid Backlash This JAMA Viewpoint commentary discusses several options for managing pain, as well as the overuse of the term “opioid epidemic.” Authors warn that imperfect treatments do not justify therapeutic distrust, and suggest that there is a broad menu of partially effective treatment options that can maximize the chances of achieving at least partial amelioration of patients’ chronic pain....
Watch this video featuring HSR&D investigator Sarah Krein talking about her research on the impact of a walking program on chronic back pain.
Learn more about the projects being conducted within HSR&D's Pain Management CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.
Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA's pain management research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.