Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members
Supporting Research in Pain Management for Veterans and Military Service Members

chronic pain

This trial seeks to identify evidence of meaningful outcomes of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (BCBT-CP) interventions within the context of primary care settings, such as decreased opioid medication, fewer emergency room visits for pain care, and greater satisfaction with treatment plans.

Co-Principal Investigators:
CAPT Jeffrey Goodie, PhD; Don McGeary, PhD

Our PMC editor sat down with Dr. Seal to talk about alternative approaches to pain management, integrative medicine, the VA’s Whole Health model for patient care, and working with the veteran population.

(Video) Steven George, PT, PhD, touches on study with the Pain Management Collaboratory and how he came to study pain management.

(Video) Robert Kerns, PhD, discusses alternative therapies for chronic pain management and the importance of research to develop guidelines for their use.

It is important to honestly and openly share your experiences with chronic pain with your provider(s). You’ll want to be prepared for a series of questions that providers are likely to ask. Think about the following items, and perhaps take notes about your pain experience for a few weeks prior to the appointment.

The experience of chronic pain is more than just the pain itself. Pain can affect how a participates in life, so an optimal pain management plan is multifaceted and tailored to the individual.

Bob Kerns, PhD, offers tips on how to prepare for conversation(s) about chronic pain and putting together a pain management plan. 

Researchers, including PMC PI Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH, conducted the first study of cost effectiveness of complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapy use among younger Veterans with musculoskeletal pain.

The Whole Health model recognizes the patient as a whole person, not just his diagnosis, illnesses, injuries or disabilities, and also examines the effects manifesting throughout the patient’s body, mind, spirit to enhance the person’s life and total well-being.

Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) special supplement (May 2018) features state-of-the-art updates on non-pharmacological approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain management.