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Evidence-Based Research

A challenge in complementary and integrative health is examining the effectiveness of approaches that have not been tested through formal research. VA researchers are conducting studies to determine which approaches are truly safe and effective. This information can help clinicians and patients make informed decisions about treatment options when creating Personal Health Plans.

The September 2020 Medical Care Supplement titled “The Implementation of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies in the Veterans Health Administration,” includes 11 papers and commentaries on VA’s progress in implementing and evaluating the impact of CIH approaches on Veterans. This special issue documents progress toward implementing CIH approaches throughout the VA healthcare system as part  of the VA’ transformation to a Whole Health System of care that empowers and equips both Veterans and VA staff members to take charge of their health and live their life to the fullest. Various OPCC&CT staff along with field partners contributed to the research and commentaries. Read the special supplement here now.

Patient Feedback on the Effectiveness of Auricular Acupuncture on Pain in Routine Clinical Care: The Experience of 11,406 Veterans. Sept 2020.

Provider Perspectives of Battlefield Acupuncture: Advantages, Disadvantages and Its Potential Role in Reducing Opioid Use for Pain. Sept 2020.

Does Offering Battlefield Acupuncture Lead to Subsequent Use of Traditional Acupuncture? Sept 2020.

Participating in Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Is Associated With Veterans' Patient-reported Outcomes Over Time. Sep 2020.

Addressing Consumer and Patients' Preferences and Needs Whole Health System of Care Improves Health and Well-Being and Reduces Opioid Use for Veterans with Chronic Pain. [Abstract]. Aug 2020.

Development of observational rating scales for evaluating patient-centered communication within a whole health approach to care. Jul 2020.

Transforming the Veterans Affairs to a Whole Health System of Care: Time for Action and Research. Apr 2020.

Biopsychosocial benefits of movement-based complementary and integrative health therapies for patients with chronic conditions. Mar 2020.

Integrating Personalized Care Planning into Primary Care: A Multiple-Case Study of Early Adopting Patient-Centered Medical Homes. Feb 2020.

A scale to measure nurses' and providers' patient centered care in primary care settings. Dec 2019.

Utilization and Perceived Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation in Veterans: Results from a National Survey. Sep 2019.

Complementary and Integrated Health Approaches: What Do Veterans Use and Want. July 2019.

Mindfulness meditation for workplace wellness: An evidence map. Jun 2019.

Synthesizing the Strength of the Evidence of Complementary and Integrative Health for Pain. May 2019.

What Should Health Care Systems Consider When Implementing Complementary and Integrative Health: Lessons from Veterans Health Administration. Mar 2019.

Time to Listen More and Talk Less. Jan 2019.

Patient-Centered Care in Primary Care Scale: Pilot Development and Psychometric Assessment. Jan 2019.

Challenges and Strategies for Implementing Battlefield Acupuncture in the VA: A Qualitative Study of Provider Perspectives. Oct 2018.

Battlefield Acupuncture in the Veterans Health Administration: Effectiveness in individual and group settings for pain and pain comorbidities. Oct 2018.

Evaluating broad-scale system change using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research: challenges and strategies to overcome them. Aug 2018.

How can healthcare organizations implement patient-centered care? Examining a large-scale cultural transformation. Mar 2018.

Patient Centeredness in Electronic Communication: Evaluation of Patient-to-Health Care Team Secure Messaging. Mar 2018.

Patient-centered care is a way of doing things: How healthcare employees conceptualize patient-centered care. Feb 2018.

Do patient perceptions of provider communication relate to experiences of physical pain? Feb 2018.

What Patients and Providers Want to Know About Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies. Jan 2018.

Challenges in Implementing Personalized Care Planning. Nov 2017.

An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes. Systematic Reviews. Jul 2016.

Provider perspectives on and experiences with engagement of patients and families in implementing patient-centered care. Dec 2015.