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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 1218 PAIN focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 75 PAIN focused publication briefs)

  • Many VA Patients Use and are Interested in Learning More about Complementary and Integrated Health Options
    In part to guide the expansion of evidence-based complementary and integrative health (CIH), VA leaders sought current information on Veterans’ interest in and use of various CIH approaches, both inside and outside the VA healthcare system. Thus, investigators in this study analyzed survey results from a large sample of Veterans on their interest in, use of, and satisfactions with 26 CIH approache...
    Date: April 22, 2019
  • Links Between Opioid Use and Suicide
    This review describes what is known about the links between suicide and overdoses, with a focus on pathways through opioid use, issues of intent, risk factors, prevention strategies, and unresolved issues. Many factors promote the initiation and persistence of opioid use, but several specific pathways toward vulnerability to overdose and suicide are highlighted. Interventions that address shared c...
    Date: January 3, 2019
  • Link between Length of Prescription for Initial Exposure to Opioids and Long-Term Use
    This study examined the association between initial opioid exposure and subsequent long-term use in two national VA cohorts from 2011 and 2016. Findings showed a strong relationship between initial opioid exposure and the future likelihood for long-term use. Cumulative days’ supply of prescription opioids emerged as the strongest predictor of long-term opioid use, which occurred in only 2% of Vete...
    Date: November 5, 2018
  • Veterans Receiving Prescriptions Through Both VA and Medicare Are More Likely to Be Taking Opioids and Benzodiazepines
    This study sought to assess the association between receiving medications from both VA and Medicare Part D (dual use) and the receipt of overlapping opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions. Findings showed that receiving prescription medications from both VA and Medicare Part D was associated with a 27% increased risk of overlapping opioids and benzodiazepines – and more than twice the risk of ove...
    Date: October 9, 2018
  • Battlefield Acupuncture Proves Highly Effective in Treating Chronic Pain among Veterans
    Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) involves a small needle inserted into parts of the ear that have a “central effect” on the nervous system and an area of the brain that processes pain. This study examined the use and effectiveness of BFA for pain in group and individual sessions at a large VA medical center. Findings showed that BFA was highly efficacious in immediately reducing pain for a significan...
    Date: September 5, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 77 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
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
SDR 17-306 Complementary and Integrative Health for Pain in the VA: A National Demonstration Project (NIH-VA-DOD Joint Initiative) Taylor, Stephanie 2018-04-01
IIR 17-094 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain: do Modifications Affect VEterans or implementatioN (CBT-CPMAVEN) McGuire, Alan 2018-03-01

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
6/4/2019 Targeting Chronic Pain in Primary Care Settings Using Internal Behavioral Health Consultants Goodie, David  
McGeary, Don  
5/30/2019 Effectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain—the SPACE Trial in Context Krebs, Erin  
5/16/2019 Strength and Awareness in Action: A Feasibility Study of Yoga for Post-Acute TBI Headaches Brenner, Lisa  
5/13/2019 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI): Moving with Moral Pain towards a Meaningful Life Borges, Lauren  
5/7/2019 The Connections between Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide Ilgen, Mark  
Bohnert, Amy  

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