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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 1491 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 93 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
SDR 21-108 Role of Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments in Safe and Effective Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain Black, Anne 2022-05-01
SDR 21-092 COVID-19 Impact on Pain management: Highlighting, Explaining, and Realigning services (CIPHER) McGuire, Alan 2022-04-01
CDA 19-075 Building Better Interdisciplinary Pain Teams Across Disciplines Giannitrapani, Karleen 2022-01-01
SDR 21-107 Diagnosing and Treating Veterans with Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse Lagisetty, Pooja 2022-01-01
PPO 19-362 Rage Against the Pain: An Alternative Yoga Program to Address Chronic Low Back Pain Among Veterans Etingen, Bella 2021-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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Topic Spotlight

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
6/7/2022 “I’m not an addict.” Patient experiences with taper and discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy Lovejoy, Travis  
5/25/2022 Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Chronic Pain and Chronic Mental Health Conditions Goldsmith, Elizabeth  
Duan-Porter, Wei Denise  
Murphy, Jennifer  
Heapy, Alicia  
5/3/2022 The Role of Pain in Predicting Late-Life Suicide Byers, Amy  
4/5/2022 Perioperative Buprenorphine Management Hickey, Thomas  
Falker, Caroline  
3/17/2022 Topic change: Contextual Effects of Treatments for Patients with Back Pain: Real and Important or “Just Placebo Effects?" Cherkin, Dan  

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