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Pain Management

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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Citations

(5 of more than 1311 PAIN focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 84 PAIN focused publication briefs)

  • Veterans Reveal Positive Aspects of Routine VA Pain Screening
    Using data from a study that evaluated a strategy to improve the use of the “5th Vital Sign” of pain in primary care, investigators identified 36 Veterans from five primary care clinics and three VA healthcare systems who were interviewed about pain screening. Generally, Veterans believed that routine pain screening is positive. Findings revealed five themes that summarize Veterans’ experience and...
    Date: March 6, 2020
  • Integrated Pain Team Programs Improve Outcomes for Chronic Pain and May Reduce Reliance on High-Risk Opioid Therapy
    This study examined changes in self-reported chronic pain-, opioid-, and treatment-related outcomes among Veterans with chronic pain following the implementation of a primary care-based biopsychosocial Integrated Pain Team (IPT) model within the San Francisco VA Health Care System. Findings showed that Veterans with chronic pain who engaged in the IPT program reported improvement in several outcom...
    Date: February 25, 2020
  • Increases in Opioid Dosing of 20% or Greater were Not Associated with Improvements in Pain among Veterans
    This study examined the influence of opioid dose escalation on pain scores recorded in the VA electronic medical record among patients on chronic opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain. Findings showed that increases in opioid dose of 20% or greater were not associated with improvements in pain scores. In the follow-up period, dose escalators had higher average morphine milligram equivalents (...
    Date: January 7, 2020
  • Health is the Main Concern of Newly Separated Veterans
    This large study is the first in-depth investigation of U.S. Veterans’ health and well-being as they leave military service. Findings showed that health concerns were the most salient for newly separated Veterans, with many reporting that they had chronic physical (53%) or mental (33%) health conditions – and that they were less satisfied with their health than either their work or social relation...
    Date: December 28, 2019
  • History of Military Sexual Trauma Common among Older Women Veterans
    This study sought to determine the prevalence of military sexual trauma (MST) among older women Veterans – and investigate associations between MST and medical and mental health diagnoses. Findings showed that a history of MST was common among older women Veterans. Positive MST screens were observed in nearly 1 in 5 women aged 55-64, and 1 in 10 aged 65-74. [This is similar to the 23% prevalence f...
    Date: November 11, 2019

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Studies

( 5 of more than 79 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 18-005 Targeting Barriers to Pain Self-Management in Women Veterans: Refinement and Feasibility of a Novel Peer Support Intervention (Project CONNECT) Driscoll, Mary 2020-05-01
SDR 19-287 Does Choice Equal Quality? A Mixed-Methods Comprehensive Evaluation of the Quality of Community Care through the MISSION Act vs VA care for Veterans with PTSD, Depression and Chronic Pain Manuel, Jennifer 2020-04-01
PPO 18-213 Adaptation of the Motivational Interviewing Skills Code to Identify Clinician and Client Language Predicting Reduced Opioid Use Risk and Increased Use of Alternative Pain Care Strategies in Veterans Borsari, Brian 2019-03-01
IIR 17-268 Chronic Pain Management and Patient-Centered Outcomes Following Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy Lovejoy, Travis 2018-11-01
IIR 17-032 Communication and Activation in Pain to Enhance Relationships and Treat Pain with Equity (COOPERATE) Matthias, Marianne 2018-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Cyberseminars

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Date Title Presenter(s)
6/2/2020 Moving into the Post-Opioid Chronic Pain Treatment Era: Opportunities and Challenges Becker, William  
5/5/2020 The AIM-Back Embedded Pragmatic Trial: A Protocol Overview and Care Pathway Development George, Steven  
Hastings, Susan Nicki  
4/7/2020 Developing and Testing Tailored Mobile Pain Self-Management Interventions Johnson, Sara  
3/19/2020 The use of Acupuncture in Civilian Acute Care Settings: Results from Randomized Trials and Practice Based Research Evaluation Dusek, Jeffery  
3/18/2020 Causes and Consequences of Inappropriate MRI of the Lumbar Spine Nevedal, Andrea  
Jacobs, Josephine  
Barnett, Paul  

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