Released: October 6, 2017

Defense Health Program
Department of Defense Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program
Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine and Military Operational Medicine Research Programs

Federal Agencies Partner for Military and Veteran Pain Management Research

Through an interagency partnership, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, announce a multi-component research project focusing on nondrug approaches for pain management addressing the needs of Service Members and veterans. Twelve research projects totaling approximately $81 million over six years (pending available funds), will focus on developing, implementing and testing cost-effective, large-scale, real-world research on nondrug approaches for pain management and related conditions in military and veteran health care delivery organizations. The National Institutes of Health will be the lead HHS agency in this partnership. These projects will provide important information about the feasibility, acceptability, safety and effectiveness of nondrug approaches in treating pain. Types of approaches being studied include mindfulness/meditative interventions, movement interventions (e.g., structured exercise, tai chi, yoga), manual therapies (e.g., spinal manipulation, massage, acupuncture), psychological and behavioral interventions (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy), integrative approaches that involve more than one intervention, and integrated models of multi-modal care.

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