(Video) Robert Kerns, PhD, discusses alternative therapies for chronic pain management and the importance of research to develop guidelines for their use.
A brief timeline of how pain has been understood and treated throughout documented human history.
Frequently asked questions about pain management and the Collaboratory.
As part of it’s Whole Health model, the VA has established the following six points for safe and effective pain care.
The Whole Health model recognizes the patient as a whole person, not just his diagnosis, illnesses, injuries or disabilities, and also examines the effects manifesting throughout the patient’s body, mind, spirit to enhance the person’s life and total well-being.
The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial, led by Erin Krebs, MD, MS, showed that opioids do not result in better pain-related function or reduced pain intensity when compared to non-opioids. (VA photo by April Eilers)
PodcastsScroll through more podcasts using arrows to the right. Podcasts from Academy Health’s 2018 Meeting The following VA HSR&D podcasts are from Academy Health’s 2018 Annual Research Meeting (ARM), held in Seattle, WA June 24-26, 2018 20 Years of the HSR&D Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Summary: QUERI dissemination coordinator Diane Hanks talks with QUERI director […]
Participants in the SOTA conference identified nine non-pharmacological therapies with sufficient evidence to be implemented across the VHA system as part of pain care.
Chronic pain is more common in Veterans than in the non-veteran U.S. population, more often severe and in the context of comorbidities. The comprehensive OSI strategy includes education of providers and expanded access to non-pharmacological treatment options.
Treatments such as mindfulness meditation, biofeedback, and hypnosis, among others, have been determined to have at least promising evidence of effectiveness for pain management. (Photo: Joseph Eddins)