Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Management: Recommendations from the State-Of-The-Art conference
Cyberseminars: Spotlight on Pain Management
Seminar date: 3/7/2017
Robert Kerns, PhD ; Erin Krebs, MD, MPH
Veterans suffer the burden of chronic pain at a far higher rate than civilians (50-60% for veterans as compared to 20-30% of the general populations). More than five million veterans have musculoskeletal diagnoses (2000-2011). Among them, there is a high co-prevalence rates of medical, mental health and substance use disorders, resulting in a greater risk for opioid harms in the veteran population. VA patients have approximately twice the rate of accidental poisoning deaths as the US general population, and opioids are the most common drug involved, thus the need for further research into non-pharmacological approaches to relieving chronic pain.
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