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We Care for Our Veterans

Pain can impact almost every aspect of your life, and you deserve to receive safe and effective care.

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Transforming VA Pain Care

Our Interdisciplinary Pain Management Teams are dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about your treatment and care.

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The Pain Management, Opioid Safety, and PDMP (PMOP) Office provides clinical guidance and funding for Pain and Opioid Safety initiatives.

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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

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New online training course provides practical advice for helping complex patients who do not respond to standard medical treatments. Continuing medical education credit is available.
For VA Providers
For DoD & Other Health Care Providers

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
Pain in Women Veterans.   
  − Chronic Pain - Women Veterans Health Care (   
Podcast  ‘She Wears the Boots”: Podcasts - Women Veterans Health Care (

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Communication and Activation in Pain to Enhance Relationships and Treat Pain with Equity (COOPERATE): Clinical Trial Results

by Marianne Matthias, PhD

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If you want to attend, register now. When your registration is approved, you'll receive an invitation to join the webinar.

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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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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 - Web Resources

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Pain Management - Home CBT-CP
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For Veterans/Public Pain & Covid-19

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.

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 a local VA facility.

Disclaimer: *Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

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