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


The CORPS Trial is a pragmatic approach to study the effectiveness of a tele-collaborative pain care intervention (CORPs) vs. minimally enhanced usual care (MEUC) among rural veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Travis Lovejoy, PhD, M.P.H. and Benjamin Morasco, PhD

Chronic pain and its companion crisis of opioid misuse have taken a terrible toll on Americans, but the impact has been even greater on U.S. service members and veterans, who often deal with the compounded factors of service-related injuries and traumatic stress. NCCIH Director Helene M. Langevin, MD, discusses the impact of the Pain Management Collaboratory.

This manuscript described the primary outcomes from a CBT-based intervention designed to address headache attributable to mild TBI and comorbid PTSD in Veterans. We found that the CBT headache intervention produced headache outcomes that were superior to medical management in VA polytrauma and PTSD outcomes comparable to Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Veterans and Caregivers are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations that highlight research projects, Veteran Engagement Groups (VEGs), or other research-related activities. Posters sessions provide an opportunity meet researchers, other Veterans, and Caregivers from all over the United States. Accepted posters will be displayed during a poster session.

Drs. George and Hastings talked with the PMC about the AIM Back Trial, which is looking at increasing and improving access to non-drug care pathways for veterans with low back pain.

Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH,on her research evaluating Veterans’ experiences with community care before and after the advent of the Veterans Choice Program.

The VERDICT project will evaluate patient and clinician perceptions of non-specific treatment factors, effectiveness of study interventions, and the impact of varying doses of standard chiropractic care and chronic pain management on clinical outcomes across three VA facilities.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Christine Goertz, DC, PhD and Cynthia Long, PhD

This project will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Pain Management (SBIRT-PM). SBIRT-PM can provide an effective and cost-effective approach to reducing Veterans’ pain and risky substance use, primarily by increasing the use of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management.

Co-Principal Investigators:
Marc Rosen, MD and Steve Martino, PhD

Dr. Steve Martino and Dr. Marc Rosen, both substance use researchers at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in New Haven, aim to introduce the array of services available through VA to Veterans who are suffering from pain.