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As part of it’s Whole Health model, the VA has established the following six points for safe and effective pain care.

Chronic pain is more common in Veterans than in the non-veteran U.S. population, more often severe and in the context of comorbidities. The comprehensive OSI strategy includes education of providers and expanded access to non-pharmacological treatment options.

There are critical unanswered questions surrounding best practices for addressing chronic back pain in the veteran population. This pragmatic trial compares the effectiveness of two nonpharmacological care pathways and seeks to improve access to recommended therapies, minimize utilization of higher-risk treatments such as opioids and surgery, and optimize long-term outcomes for reduced pain.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Steven George, PT, PhD and Susan Nicole Hastings, MD

Twelve research projects will focus on developing, implementing, and testing cost-effective, large-scale, real-world research on non-drug approaches for pain management.