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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 1433 PAIN focused publications)



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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 88 PAIN focused publication briefs)


  • Research Suggests Battlefield Acupuncture is Immediate but Short-Term Pain Management Tool
    This commentary summarizes work conducted to examine battlefield acupuncture’s (BFA’s) implementation and effectiveness within the VA healthcare system. Findings show that there is some evidence that BFA is a potentially effective, immediate, but short-term pain management tool that can be used in adjunct with other pain therapies. BFA produced a minimal clinically important improvement in pain fo...
    Date: March 26, 2021
  • JGIM Supplement Features VA Research on Improving Opioid Safety among Veterans with Chronic Pain and Addiction
    In the fall of 2019, HSR&D convened a state-of-the-art (SOTA) conference – “Effective Management of Pain and Addiction: Strategies to Improve Opioid Safety” – to develop research priorities for advancing the science and clinical practice of opioid safety, including both the use of opioid analgesics and managing opioid use disorder (OUD). A group of researchers and VA clinical stakeholders defined ...
    Date: December 1, 2020
  • 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

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Studies

( 5 of more than 90 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
PPO 19-362 Rage Against the Pain: An Alternative Yoga Program to Address Chronic Low Back Pain Among Veterans Etingen , Bella 2021-10-01
IIR 20-115 Preventing Chronic Post-Surgical Pain and Prolonged Opioid Use: The Perioperative Pain Self-Management Program Hadlandsmyth, Katherine 2021-08-01
CDA 20-067 Applying Positive Deviance Methods to Harness Optimal Practices for Effective Pain Management in Community Living Centers Pimentel, Camilla 2021-07-01
IIR 19-431 Optimizing Pain Management in End-Stage Renal Disease Among Veterans (OPERA-Vets):Balancing Benefits and Harms of Opioids Wachterman, Melissa 2021-07-01
IIR 19-265 Enhancing Geriatric Pain Care with Contextual Patient Generated Data Profiles Butler, Jorie 2020-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
11/2/2021 Impact of Whole Health on Pain, Quality of Life and Opioid Utilization Kligler, Benjamin  
10/5/2021 Methodology for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Pain-Focused Brief Intervention: Emphasis on pain-related costs Barnett, Paul  
Lazar, Christina  
Gilstad-Hayden, Kate  
9/16/2021 Complementary and integrative approaches to improve health for adults living with HIV Dunne, Eugene  
6/1/2021 The Educational Mission in Interprofessional Pain Care Edens, Ellen  
Sellinger, John  
Edmond, Sara  
5/20/2021 The Learning to Apply Mindfulness to Pain (LAMP) Trial: Unpacking the Key Components of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Chronic Pain Burgess, Diana  

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