Pain Awareness Month

Pain throughout the ages has been viewed and treated in a variety of ways.

The Collaboratory is conducting pragmatic clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of non-pharmacological approaches to pain management.


The Pain Management Collaboratory is jointly supported by the NIH, DoD, and VA.

The goal of the PMC is to develop the capacity to implement cost-effective large-scale pragmatic clinical research in military and veteran health care delivery organizations focusing on non-pharmacological approaches to pain management and other comorbid conditions.

The Collaboratory funds 11 pragmatic clinical trials over the next 6 years that focus on large-scale, cost-effective, pragmatic trials conducted in military and VA healthcare systems, and a Coordinating Center (PMC3) that will establish both scientific and administrative work groups to assist each PMC-affiliated demonstration project.

The lead funding organizations include the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).