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New research about chronic pain is helping doctors with better diagnosis and treatment. Given the high prevalence of pain and associated disability in the veteran population, research addressing the mechanisms, assessment, and management of pain has been designated as a priority by many federal funding agencies. 

Meta-Analyses/Review Articles

Ehde, D. M., Dillworth, T. M., & Turner, J. A. (2014). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with chronic pain: efficacy, innovations, and directions for research. American Psychologist, 69(2), 153-66.

Hoffman, B. M., Papas, R. K., Chatkoff, D. K., & Kerns, R. D.  (2007). Meta-analysis of psychological interventions for chronic low back pain. Health Psychology, 26(1), 1-9.

Morley, S., Eccleston, C., & Williams, A. (1999). Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of cognitive behaviour therapy and behaviour therapy for chronic pain in adults, excluding headache. Pain, 80(1-2), 1-13.

Report Released from the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America. Read the IOM Relieving Pain report brief here: *.   See the presentation

VA Office of Research & Development (ORD) .  The ORD website serves as a resource for VA-funded researchers and research staff to learn about new funding opportunities, updated guidance and deadlines, and other topics of interest. Specific research programs can be accessed through this portal or the links below. Click here to see the latest VA Solicitations for Research Proposals.

Studies with Veterans

Wetherell, J. L., Afari, N., Rutledge, T., Sorrell, J. T., Stoddardd, J., A., Petkuse, A. J., . . . Atkinson, J. H. (2011). A randomized, controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain. Pain, 152(9), 2098-2107.

Stewart, M. O., Karlin, B. E., Murphy, J. L., Raffa, S. D., Miller, S. A., McKellar, J., & Kerns, R. D. (2015). National dissemination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for chronic pain in Veterans: Therapist and patient-level outcomes. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31(8), 722-729.

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VA Office of Research & Development (ORD) 
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VA Research Programs:
• Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) -
• Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) -

Other Funding Agencies:
  •Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research  - * . The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (through its Pain Research Council) is encouraging research funding applications in the areas of physician education in pain medicine and in frameworks to evaluate safety, efficacy, competency, and outcomes in patient populations with pain from preclinical to clinical settings.
  • National Cancer Institute *
  • National Institutes of Health  - *
  - Join the  NIH Guide Listserv  - *
  - The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts * the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research Grant Policies, Guidelines and Funding Opportunities.
  • Nursing Research Funding Opportunity  * NIH Nursing/Trans-NIH Pain Consortium Program Announcement, "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research". 
Peer-Reviewed Pain and Rehabilitation Journals:
  •Pain Medicine *. "Pain Medicine" the official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Spine Intervention Society, and the Australian New Zealand Faculty of Pain Medicine, and is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the pain clinician, teacher and researcher.  The journal publishes translational, clinical, health services and educatonal research related to acute and chronic pain, including cancer pain, and provides a forum for discussion of health policy and services and clinical bioethics.
  •The Clinical Journal of Pain *. This journal explores all aspects of pain and its effective treatment, bringing you the insights of leading anesthesiologists, surgeons, internists, neurologists, orthopedists, psychiatrists and psychologists, clinical pharmacologists, and physical and rehabilitation therapists.  
  •The Journal of Pain *  This journal publishes original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy.
  •Journal of Pain and Symptom Management *. This journal provides the professional with the results of important new research and clinical information related to pain management and palliative care.
  •The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. This VA Journal has been a leading research journal in the field of rehabilitation medicine and technology for over 40 years. Formerly the Bulletin of Prosthetics Research, JRRD debuted in 1983 to include cross-disciplinary findings in rehabilitation. The journal, publishes original research papers, review articles, as well as clinical and technical commentary from U.S. and international researchers on all rehabilitation research disciplines.
  •Headache *  *. This journal publishes original articles on all aspects of head and face pain including communications on clinical and basic research, diagnosis and management, epidemiology, genetics, and pathophysiology of primary and secondary headaches, cranial neuralgias, and pains referred to the head and face.
  •Pain *  This journal provides a forum for the dissemination of pain research in the basic and clinical sciences of multidisciplinary interest.

Other Research Resources:
  •Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) CIDER is a VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D)national Resource Center. CIDER's mission is to improve the health and care of veterans by disseminating important HSR&D findings and information to policy makers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and the broader health care community.

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