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.

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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).