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Whole Health at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)  wholepain

The VHA is a leader in promoting individualized whole person pain care. It combines conventional medicine with personalized health planning, complementary and integrative Health (CIH), and innovative, self-care approaches.

Adopting a Whole Health Approach

  • Places each person at the center of his or her own health care
  • Shifts the focus of care toward health and well-being
  • Utilizes Mindful Awareness to promote self-care and healing
  • Emphasizes the importance of relationships and partnerships
  • Incorporates a range of conventional and complementary approaches 

– Learn more about whole health at the VHA’s Whole Health for Life website.
– Brief videos and podcasts about whole health from other Veterans, VA leaders and clinicians across VA.  Whole Health -  video series placeholedr icon

Whole Health - Podcast Series for Pain Management

The Whole Health podcast series, ‘Whole Health for Veterans with Chronic Pain’ will give you skills and knowledge about self-care and complementary and integrative treatments that you can incorporate into your life to reduce the impact of chronic pain and improve your health and well-being.

The podcast uses the 8 components of the Circle of Health to teach Veterans they can manage chronic pain. Veterans can listen to the podcast as a supplement to their VA pain treatment program.
Episodes Include:

• Just Move! Increase Function and Decrease Pain
• Mindfulness Helps Manage Chronic Pain
• “ME” in the Center of the Whole Health Circle
• Where Chronic Pain Meets Whole Health: An Overview

Find your platform and subscribe here: Whole Health for Veterans with Chronic Pain (

Whole Health - Mobile App  

VA’s Whole Health app is a free, easy to use tool created for Veterans and others who are ready to take the next step in their Whole Health journey. Whole Health is VA’s holistic approach to care that supports your health and well-being. Whole Health centers care around what matters to you, not what is the matter with you. With this app, you can fill out your personal health inventory, set goals, and learn more about Whole Health.

Live Whole Health is available for download on iOS or Android devices. The Live Whole Health app is not meant to replace professional care for clinical or mental health conditions.

Veterans/Public Pain Management - Resource Topics

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Literature Alerts for VA Staff

The VA Library Network will provide VA staff an index of recent articles related to opioids and many other areas of interest right to your work mailbox. If you are interested in subscribing to this alert click here.

If you have questions or suggestions for pain-related resources, please send an email to VHA Pain Management Webmaster Group. Questions about personal care should be directed to the local VA facility.

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