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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 1349 PAIN focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 86 PAIN focused publication briefs)

  • Low-Value Diagnostic Testing for Back Pain, Sinusitis, Headache, and Syncope Is Common and Varies Across VA Medical Centers
    This study sought to determine the frequency and degree of variation in low-value diagnostic testing for four common conditions across 127 VAMCs. Findings showed that low-value diagnostic testing for four conditions was common; it affected 5-21% of Veterans, varied 2-to-5 fold across VAMCs, and was significantly correlated at the VAMC level. Applying sensitive criteria, the overall and VAMC-level ...
    Date: September 22, 2020
  • VA Patients Have Fewer Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations Post-Chemotherapy than Medicare Patients
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new quality measure to reduce potentially avoidable hospital admissions among patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. In this study, investigators used this CMS measure to compare the quality of care received by chemotherapy patients treated through traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare versus VA, using a cohort of dually-enrolled ...
    Date: July 15, 2020
  • 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

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Studies

( 5 of more than 81 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 19-265 Enhancing Geriatric Pain Care with Contextual Patient Generated Profiles Butler , Jorie 2020-10-01
C19 20-397 Virtual Pain Care for High Risk Veterans on Opioids during COVID19 (and Beyond) Moore, Brent 2020-09-01
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

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Pain" publications displayed.

  • Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA || In Progress

    ...help VA provide safe and effective pain management for all Veterans....Inprogress » Dec16 » Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA Health Services...Treatment of Pain among Veterans » Table of Contents Examining Pain and Pain Care in

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Spring16 » FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids Health Services Research &...Commentary Chronification of Pain and the Science of Pain Management Rollin M. Gallagher

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Spring16 » FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids Health Services Research &...Commentary Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Pain as a Public Health Problem Erin E. Krebs

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Spring16 » FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids Health Services Research &...for Veterans with Chronic Low Back Pain: The CAMEO Trial Matthew J. Bair, MD

  • FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids

    ...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Spring16 » FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids Health Services Research &...Commentary Chronification of Pain and the Science of Pain Management by Rollin M.

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Cyberseminars

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Date Title Presenter(s)
12/8/2020 Opioids, Addiction, and Pain: State of the Art in VA Humphreys, Keith  
Chang, Evelyn  
Becker, William  
Veazie, Stephanie  
Mackey, Kate  
11/3/2020 Adapting to Disruption of Pragmatic Clinical Trials Studying Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the NIH-DOD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory Coleman, Brian  
10/6/2020 Evaluation of a Peer Coach-Led Intervention to Improve Pain Symptoms (ECLIPSE): Results from a Study of Peer Supported Pain Self-Management for Veterans with Chronic Pain Matthias, Marianne  
9/24/2020 New HSR&D RFA: Opioid Safety and Opioid Use Disorder Guerra, Stephanie  
9/15/2020 Facilitation of the Stepped Care Model and Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Gordon, Adam  

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