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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 1211 PAIN focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 72 PAIN focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Women Veterans with Pain More Likely to Use Complementary and Integrative Therapies
    This study sought to examine complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapy use by gender among Veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain, and variations in gender differences by race/ethnicity and age. Findings showed that of Veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain, more women than men used CIH therapies (36% vs. 26%). Black women, regardless of age, were least likely to use CIH therapies...
    Date: September 1, 2018
  • Pain Medicine Supplement Features Articles by VA Researchers
    This Pain Medicine Supplement highlights health services research conducted by HSR&D investigators at the Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities and Education (PRIME) Center of Innovation in West Haven, CT, as well as other pain researchers. Serving as the only federally funded national pain center, PRIME played a leadership role in the HSR&D-sponsored state-of-the-art conference “Non-pharma...
    Date: September 1, 2018
  • Pain Intensity Following Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy Does Not, on Average, Worsen for Patients
    This study sought to characterize pain intensity over 12 months following opioid discontinuation. Findings showed that average pain intensity did not significantly worsen in the 12 months after Veterans discontinued opioid therapy; for some patients, pain intensity improved. Mean estimated pain at the time of opioid discontinuation was 4.9 on a scale from 0-10. Changes in pain following discontinu...
    Date: June 13, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 65 PAIN focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
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
IIR 15-092 Pain-related Anxiety Intervention for Smokers with Chronic Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Smoking Cessation Counseling for Veterans Bastian, Lori 2017-02-01
SDR 15-461 The Opioid Consent: Helping Optimize Information for Cancer and Effective (CHOICE) Pain Management Lorenz, Karl 2016-09-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Pain" publications displayed.

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Pain" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/5/2019 Battlefield Acupuncture for Pain in the VA: What is it, How Effective is it and How Well is it Being Implemented? Taylor, Stephanie  
Zeliadt, Steven  
1/8/2019 NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory Kerns, Robert  
12/4/2018 Analgesic Impact on Physical Function in Older Veterans with Arthritis Hwang, Ula  
11/29/2018 Gender Disparities in the Use of Complementary and Integrative Health by U.S. Military Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Evans, Elizabeth  
Taylor, Stephanie  
11/6/2018 Care Management for the Effective Use of Opioids (CAMEO): A Randomized Trial Bair, Matthew  

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