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Veterans/Public Information

Pain management resources for Veterans, Veterans' family members, caregivers, VA administrators, clinicians, and researchers.

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Provider Resources Within VA

Provider section presents up to date pain management information, to include pain education and pain management resources.

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VA/DOD 2017 Clinical Practice

New evidence-based guidelines to assist providers in all aspects of long-term opioid therapy.

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Transforming VA Pain Care

The Six Essentials Elements of Good Pain Care

 1. Educate Veterans/families to promote self-efficacy and shared decision making; provide access to all relevant resources
 2. Educate/train all team members to their discipline specific competencies, including team based care 
 3. Develop and integrate non-pharmacological modalities into care plans
 4. Institute evidence based medication prescribing, use of pain procedures and safe opioid use (universal precautions)
 5. Implement approaches for bringing the Veteran’s whole team together such as virtual pain consulting (SCAN-ECHO, e-consults, tele-health, clinical video tele-consultation and education) and for maintaining  ongoing communication between team members
 6. Establish metrics to monitor pain care and outcomes at both the individual level and the population level

September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month and there is a growing appreciation for the importance of individualized, multidisciplinary, and multimodal approaches to pain care. Explore the VA pain website for the most current information about new ways of thinking and new ways of helping people with pain.

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See the "latest" Veterans/Public - Complementary And Integrative Health section about Home Practice Exercises
  − Yoga/Tai Chi
  − Physical Activity - Physical Therapy & Chair Exercises
  − Acupressure
Visit the CBT-CP section to learn how it can be used as an effective treatment for reducing the negative impacts of chronic pain.
  − CBT-CP for Veterans
  − CBT-CP for Providers

Monthly Call



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Spotlight on Pain Management

1st Tuesday of every Month

Date: October 5, 2021
Speaker: Christina Lazar, MPH, Kate Gilstad-Hayden, PhD, Paul Barnett, PhD
Title:  Methodology for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Pain-Focused Brief Intervention: Emphasis on pain-related costs
Time:  11:00am-12:00pm EST

To join the HSR&D CyberSeminar ListServ and receive the monthly call reminder, please send your name and email address to: .  

To access past Cyberseminars link:  (filter on - Spotlight on Pain Management)

VHA Pain Listserv:  If you are interested in joining the VA Pain ListServ, please click here for more information!  The VHA Pain Listserv provides VA pain practitioners and researchers with a forum for the exchange of information and ideas.

To learn more go to "What's New Page."

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Get started by learning about the pain management resources that are available to Veterans/patients and providers through the VA.

Explore useful pain management information, to include pain education and pain management resources. This website facilitates effective pain management by providing convenient, centralized access to resources for the provision of pain services within the VA healthcare system. 

Learn More about Pain Management:
- Opioid Safety
- For Veterans/Public
- For Providers
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP)
- Current News & Events

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Cutting Edge
VA supports research to create innovations and advance pain management health care.

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.

For more information go to the Pain Management Research page.

Pain Management Resources

Opioids - 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, visit the VHA National Desktop Library Literature e-Alerts page and the Weekly PubMed/MEDLINE Alerts section to sign up.

Link out to full text articles using the blue VA Library Full Text icon: full text blue icon If an article of interest does not have a VA Library Full Text icon, search your library’s online journals and online books listing with the citation’s PubMed ID or journal title to check for a local subscription. Contact your local VA library if you need assistance retrieving full text articles (please note, this library directory is only available on the VA Intranet).

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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