A Research Agenda for Advancing Non-pharmacological Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Findings from a VHA State-of-the-art Conference

William C. Becker, Lynn L. DeBar, Alicia A. Heapy, Diana Higgins, Sarah L. Krein, Anthony Lisi, Una E. Makris, Kelli D. Allen

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Abstract

Chronic pain is widely prevalent among Veterans and can have serious negative consequences for functional status and quality of life among other domains. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) convened a state-of-the-art (SOTA) conference to develop research priorities for advancing the science and clinical practice of non-pharmacological management of chronic musculoskeletal pain. In this perspective article, we present the methods and consensus recommendations for research priorities emanating from the SOTA. In the months leading up to the SOTA, a core group of researchers defined four areas of focus: psychological/behavioral therapies; exercise/movement therapies; manual therapies; and models for delivering multi-modal pain care and divided into workgroups. Each workgroup, in their respective areas of focus, identified seminal studies capturing the state of the evidence. Herein, we present consensus recommendations ranging from efficacy to effectiveness to implementation/dissemination research depending on the state of the evidence as assessed by participants, including commentary on common elements across workgroups and future areas of innovation in study design, measurement, and outcome ascertainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

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Veterans Health
Musculoskeletal Pain
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Chronic Pain
Consensus
Research
Musculoskeletal Manipulations
Exercise Therapy
Veterans
Quality of Life
Research Personnel
Psychology
Pain
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • chronic pain management
  • clinical research
  • non-pharmacologic treatments

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  • Internal Medicine

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A Research Agenda for Advancing Non-pharmacological Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain : Findings from a VHA State-of-the-art Conference. / Becker, William C.; DeBar, Lynn L.; Heapy, Alicia A.; Higgins, Diana; Krein, Sarah L.; Lisi, Anthony; Makris, Una E.; Allen, Kelli D.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 33, 01.05.2018, p. 11-15.

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Becker, William C. ; DeBar, Lynn L. ; Heapy, Alicia A. ; Higgins, Diana ; Krein, Sarah L. ; Lisi, Anthony ; Makris, Una E. ; Allen, Kelli D. / A Research Agenda for Advancing Non-pharmacological Management of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain : Findings from a VHA State-of-the-art Conference. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 33. pp. 11-15.
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