Stakeholder Engagement Work Group

Establishing and fostering respectful and productive partnerships among study participants, researchers, health systems, and the Pain Management Collaboratory is essential. Stakeholder engagement is indespensible for generating trustworthy, valid findings that are relevant and impactful to veterans and military service members with pain, their health care teams, and health system leaders. The Stakeholder Engagement Work Group provides and supports the forum in which these stakeholders can bring their perspectives and expertise to support and advance the pragmatic trials. In doing so, they aim to develop and enact a comprehensive, evidence-based, and stakeholder-informed approach to address identified organizational-, clinician-, and patient-level barriers to access, engagement and participation in pragmatic clinical trials of non-pharmacological approaches for the management of pain and to optimize the VA and DoD as learning health care systems.

Chair or Co-Chairs:

Lori Bastian

Steven Cohen

Project Manager:

Lily Katsovich

Work Group Goals

  • develop respectful and productive partnerships
  • generate trustworthy, internally valid findings directly relevant to veterans and military service members with pain, front-line primary care clinicians and health care teams, and health system leaders
  • Address barriers to access, engagement and participation in pragmatic clinical trials studying nonpharmacological approaches for the management of chronic pain
  • Optimize the VA and DoD as learning health care systems

Work Group Co-Chairs – Qualifications and Experience

Lori Bastian, M.D., M.P.H. is Director of the PRIME Center and Chief of General Internal Medicine at VACHS and Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale University. She has an extensive background as a primary care provider and health services and behavioral medicine investigator in VA, including specific focused interests in pain and comorbidities, women veterans’ health, and the conduct of multi-site effectiveness trials. As Director of the PRIME Center, she chairs an Executive Steering Committee that is comprised of key VA stakeholders (e.g., Drs. Sandbrink and Kilbourne) and external partners (Dr. Jennifer Haythornthwaite, a leading pain researcher from Johns Hopkins), as well as a veteran representative (Mr. Anicich), among other stakeholders. She also oversees the management of a national network of over 80 VA, DoD and NIH pain investigators who share interests in improving pain care for veterans and military service members that meets monthly via teleconference. She is also responsible for the collaboration with CIDER described above.

Steven P. Cohen, M.D. is Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief of Pain Medicine and Director of Clinical Operations at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (JHMI), and Professor and Director of the Pain Management Focus Area of the CRSR, and Director of Pain Research at WRNMMC. Dr. Cohen is widely recognized as a leading researcher in the area of pain medicine, with specific expertise in the conduct of efficacy and comparative-effectiveness trials targeting common pain medicine procedures.