The PMC is committed to addressing such barriers to high quality pain care for African Americans and other racial and ethnic minority groups as we conduct and disseminate our research.
Objectively measuring psychosocial, functional, financial, and lifestyle factors and studying their relationship with outcomes is especially important in studies investigating health conditions, such as pain, that are known to be exacerbated by heightened periods of stress and anxiety – an emotion shared by many during this unprecedented time.
on People with Pain
The Pain Management Collaboratory (PMC)
Closing the Gap between Science and Clinical Practice for Pain Management
The Pain Management Collaboratory is comprised of 11 pragmatic clinical trials that are studying nonpharmacological approaches for the management of pain and common co-occurring conditions in Military and Veterans healthcare systems and are supported by a central Coordinating Center (PMC3).
The lead funding organizations of the PMC and PMC3 include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (led by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), plus 7 additional offices) the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Researching Chronic Pain
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there treatments for chronic pain?
Why study chronic pain management?
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Why Study Alternative Approaches to
Chronic Pain Management?
Robert Kerns, PhD, one of the three directors of the NIH-DOD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory Coordinating Center, discusses the importance of studying nonpharmacological alternatives to managing chronic pain in veterans, active military, and the benefits derived by a multi-modal approach to pain management.