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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- Kanzler KE, Robinson PJ, McGeary DD, Mintz J, Kilpela LS, Finley EP, McGeary C, Lopez EJ, Velligan D, Munante M, Tsevat J, Houston B, Mathias CW, Potter JS, Pugh J. Addressing chronic pain with Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in integrated primary care: findings from a mixed methods pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC primary care. 2022 Apr 14; 23(1):77.
- Marshall A, Joyce CT, Tseng B, Gerlovin H, Yeh GY, Sherman KJ, Saper RB, Roseen EJ. Changes in Pain Self-Efficacy, Coping Skills, and Fear-Avoidance Beliefs in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga, Physical Therapy, and Education for Chronic Low Back Pain. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2022 Apr 8; 23(4):834-843.
- Matthias MS, Hirsh AT, Ofner S, Daggy J. Exploring the Relationships Among Social Support, Patient Activation, and Pain-Related Outcomes. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2022 Apr 8; 23(4):676-685.
- Grant AD, Miller MM, Anastas TM, Quinn P, Lok B, Hirsh AT. Opioid-related risk perceptions in chronic pain: influence of patient gender and previous misuse behaviors. Pain. 2022 Apr 1; 163(4):711-718.
- Kral LA, Bettinger JJ, Vartan CM, Hadlandsmyth K, Kullgren J, Smith MA. A Survey on Opioid Tapering Practices, Policies, and Perspectives by Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacists. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 2022 Mar 7; 1-9.
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- 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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|| Role of Non-pharmacological Pain Treatments in Safe and Effective Opioid Tapering in Chronic Pain
|| COVID-19 Impact on Pain management: Highlighting, Explaining, and Realigning services (CIPHER)
|| Building Better Interdisciplinary Pain Teams Across Disciplines
|| Diagnosing and Treating Veterans with Chronic Pain and Opioid Misuse
|| Rage Against the Pain: An Alternative Yoga Program to Address Chronic Low Back Pain Among Veterans
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Evidence Brief: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Chronic Pain, PTSD, TBI, Opioid Addiction, and Sexual Trauma - Supplementary Materials
Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Chronic Pain, PTSD, TBI, Opioid Addiction, and Sexual...Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Chronic Pain, PTSD, TBI, Opioid Addiction, and Sexual...Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Chronic Pain, PTSD, TBI, Opioid Addiction, and Sexual
Chronic Pain in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review
Chronic Pain in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic...Chronic Pain in Veterans and Servicemembers with a History of Mild Traumatic...Kansagara, MD, MCR, Director Chronic Pain in Veterans and Servicemembers with
Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on Medication-assisted Treatment - Supplemental Materials
Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on...Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on...Director Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
Examining Pain and Pain Care in the VA || In Progress
...help VA provide safe and effective pain management for all Veterans....Treatment of Pain among Veterans » Table of Contents Examining Pain and Pain Care in...the development and persistence of pain, pain management variability-associated
FORUM, Spring 2016: Chronic pain, opioids
...importance of pain research in VHA has never been higher. Defining pain as a public...Commentary Chronification of Pain and the Science of Pain Management Rollin M. Gallagher...Director for Pain Management, Veterans Health Administration Pain hurts. Without
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