Seminars & Events of Interest

  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018

    Writing for a Lay Audience

    1:00 to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Presenters:  Austin Frakt and Keith Humphreys

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  • Mon
    19
    Nov
    2018

    Opioid Tapering/Discontinuation: Implications for SDV and Managing High Risk Patients in the Context of Suicide Prevention

    3:00 to 4:00 PM ET

    Series:  Suicide Prevention

    Presenters:  Steven Dobscha, MD ; Joseph Frank, MD, MPH ; Travis Lovejoy, PhD

    About:  This Cyberseminar will present findings on rates of suicidal ideation and suicidal self-directed violence (SDV) among Veterans following discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy.  Recommendations will be provided on the identification and management of patients at high risk of SDV, and ways to optimize opioid tapers to reduce the likelihood for onset of new, or exacerbation of existing, mental health symptoms.  Intended Audience:  Clinical and Health Services Researchers, Primary Care and Mental Health Clinicians.

    Intended Audience:  Clinical and Health Services Researchers, Primary Care and Mental Health Clinicians.

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  • Tue
    27
    Nov
    2018

    VA REDCap

    12:00 to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Using Data and Information Systems in Partnered Research

    Presenters:  Bonnie Paris, PhD ; Katherine Williams, PhD

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  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Gender Disparities in the Use of Complementary and Integrative Health by U.S. Military Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

    2:00 to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Women's Health

    Presenters:  Elizabeth Evans, PhD, MA ; Stephanie Taylor, PhD

    About:  The Veterans Health Administration promotes evidence-based complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies as nonpharmacologic approaches for chronic pain.  We will present findings from a new study of use of CIH therapies by veterans age 18 to 54 with chronic musculoskeletal pain.  We will highlight differences in CIH use by gender, and we will discuss implications for designing policies and practices to improve CIH use. Full study results were published in the September/October issue of Women’s Health Issues.

    Read the study:  http://ow.ly/FiRL30lJ5F2

    Read the media announcement online:  http://ow.ly/tJrs30lQHQq

    Intended audience:  providers, researchers, and policymakers who serve Veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018

    Analgesic Impact on Physical Function in Older Veterans with Arthritis

    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Presenters:  Ula Hwang

    About:  Recent trends in analgesic prescribing and concerns about analgesic safety have impacted pain treatment practice in the outpatient setting. As our Veteran population ages, these changes in prescribing may disproportionately impact their care. The objective of this seminar is to inform participants about the comparative effectiveness of different analgesic types (opioids, NSAIDs, coxibs, others) on pain and function in a group of older Veterans.

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  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    Wed
    05
    Dec
    2018

    The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management: A Workshop

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a workshop on 'The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management' December 4-5, 2018, in Washington, DC.

    Workshop Objectives:

    •  Review the current state of evidence on the effectiveness of nonpharmacological treatments and integrative health models for pain management, as well as available evidence on use patterns and patient interest. Examples may include acupuncture; manual therapies; physical therapy, occupational therapy, and exercise; cognitive behavioral therapy; tai chi; yoga; meditation; and neurostimulation.
    • Explore the state of evidence on the effectiveness of emerging models of pain management.
    • Consider multimodal approaches and potential synergies between and among pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to pain management.
    • Consider multimodal approaches and potential synergies between and among devices and nonpharmacological approaches to pain management.
    • Discuss research gaps and key questions for further research.
    • Examine health professions' current approaches for educating students, trainees, and practicing clinicians on nonpharmacological pain management, and discuss potential next steps to improve training and education within and across health professions.
    • Explore policies, such as those related to reimbursement that would enable broader dissemination and implementation of evidence-based nonpharmacological treatments when appropriate.

    Workshop Agenda

  • Mon
    17
    Dec
    2018

    Using Social Media Effectively

    1:00 to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Presenters:  TBA

    About: Eli Perencevich has expressed interest in presenting, if his schedule permits. 

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  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    2018

    ESP Report: Emergency Department Interventions for Older Adults

    12:00 to 1:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Evidence-based Synthesis Program

    Presenters:  Susan Nicki Hastings, MD, MHS ; Jaime Hughes, PhD, MPH, MSW ; Chad Kessler, MD, MHPE ; John Williams, Jr., MD, MHSc

    About:  Older adults, particularly those 75 years of age and older, visit the emergency department (ED) with nearly twice the frequency of their younger counterparts. Within VA, older Veterans account for 40 percent of 2.4 million annual ED visits.  This figure will continue to rise as the number of older Veterans is expected to increase significantly over the next decade. 

    Our review aims to fill gaps in the literature by synthesizing evidence about ED interventions for clinical outcomes such as functional status and quality of life and utilization outcomes including hospital admission and ED readmission.  Additionally, our review carefully classifies individual intervention components and uses rigorous analytic techniques to compare the effectiveness of selected interventions on outcomes of interest. 

    Key Question:  How effective are emergency department (ED) interventions in improving clinical, patient experience, and utilization outcomes in older adults (age =65)?

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  • Tue
    08
    Jan
    2019

    NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory

    11:00 AM  to 12:00 PM ET

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Presenters: Robert Kerns

    About:  This presentation will describe the NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory, a recently funded tri-organization initiative that supports the conduct of eleven pragmatic clinical trials of non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain management targeting military service members and veterans. In particular, unique features of pragmatic clinical trial designs, and related topics such as strategies of optimizing participant phenotyping and shared outcomes across trials, optimized use of electronic health record data, data sharing, ethical and regulatory issues, and stakeholder engagement will be discussed.

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  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    AAPM 35th Annual Meeting

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019
    Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    American Pain Society Scientific Meeting 2019

    The American Pain Society will hold its Scientific Meeting April 3-6, 2019, in Milwaukee, WI, with a balance of clinical, translational, and basic science research around the theme of Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain. This year, APS is excited to introduce new presentation types. Sessions will either be 60-minute cross-disciplinary panels, or rapid 30-minute presentations that showcase the latest research.

    Call for Poster Abstracts has closed.  Learn more by clicking here.

    Location: Milwaukee, WI

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