Pain management resources for Veterans, Veterans' family members, caregivers, VA administrators, clinicians, and researchers.
Provider Resources Within VA
Provider section presents up to date pain management information, to include pain education and pain management resources.
VA/DOD 2017 Clinical Practice
New evidence-based guidelines to assist providers in all aspects of long-term opioid therapy.
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.
|See the "latest" Veterans/Public - Complementary And Integrative Health section about Home Practice Exercises
− Yoga/Tai Chi
− Physical Activity - Physical Therapy & Chair Exercises
|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
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: HSRD.CyberSeminar@va.gov .
To access past Cyberseminars link: http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/cyberseminars/catalog-archive.cfm?#Archived (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."
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.
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.
Pain Management Resources
- VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)
- VA Research on Pain Management
- Whole Person Pain Care
- VHA Directive 2009-053, Pain Management - Veterans Affairs
- Proven Treatment for Chronic Pain
- National Library of Medicine (NLM) - Opioid Addiction and Treatment Portal *
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: 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.