Pain (both acute and chronic) and its management is a significant public health concern. For Military Service members and Veterans, pain may be particularly complex since it frequently coexists with other medical and behavioral health issues.
The Pain Management Collaboratory (PMC)
Closing the Gap between Science and Clinical Practice for Pain Management
The Pain Management Collaboratory is comprised of 12 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?
Get the answers here.
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.