Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Non-Pharmacological Pain Management Trials in Military and Veteran Healthcare Settings

An Evaluation Informed by Implementation Science

Midboe, A. M., Javier, S. J., Salsbury, S., Katsovich, L. Burgess, D. J., King, H. A., Taylor, S. L., Martino, S., Mayer, J. M., Wallace, R. B., Der-Martirosian, C., & Kerns, R. (2023) Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research.

PMC Coordinating Center extends its appreciation to the authors for the impactful research into the the effects of the COVID-19 on non-pharmacological pain management trials in military and veteran healthcare settings.  Research done by Amanda Midboe, et al, informs multiple areas of implications:

  • Practice: The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has emphasized the importance for healthcare systems to adapt evidence-based practices for a given clinical setting, particularly for complex nonpharmacological treatment (NPT) approaches for pain.
  • Policy: Policymakers who want to optimize access to NPT approaches for pain should consider incentivizing adaptable interventions that meet the local context while being patient centered.
  • Research: Rapid and flexible implementation science methods are critical for measuring modifications and adaptations to understand how best to get evidence-based practices in place.