DVCIPM, in collaboration with clinicians from the Military Health System and Veterans Health Administration, developed a series of pain management educational videos targeting the most common issues facing Providers and Patients.  These Videos are intended to augment the Joint Pain Education Project (JPEP), which was tasked to develop a common DoD/VA pain management curriculum for primary care providers.

Facebook Live Q&A on Mind & Body Approaches for Military Personnel

On April 25, LTG (Ret) Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD and DVCIPM Program Director COL (Ret) Chester "Trip" Buckenmaier, MD held a Facebook Live Q&A on mind and body approaches and military personnel and their families. Check out the video of the discussion at the NIH's Complementary and Integrative Health Facebook Page. #NCCIHMilitaryHealth

A demonstration of the Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR) is now available for anyone interested on our website.

National Pain Strategy Released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the National Pain Strategy (NPS) in March 2016.  The NPS outlines the federal government’s first coordinated plan for reducing the burden of chronic pain that affects millions of Americans.  Developed by a diverse team of experts from around the nation, the National Pain Strategy is a roadmap toward achieving a system of care in which all people receive appropriate, high quality and evidence-based care for pain.

The NPS makes recommendations for improving overall pain care in America in six key areas:

1.  Population research
2.  Prevention and care
3.  Disparities
4.  Service delivery and payment
5.  Professional education and training
6.  Public education and communication

More specifically, the Strategy calls for:

•   Developing methods and metrics to monitor and improve the prevention and management of pain.

•   Supporting the development of a system of patient-centered integrated pain management practices based on a biopsychosocial model of care that enables providers and patients to access the full spectrum of pain treatment options.

•   Taking steps to reduce barriers to pain care and improve the quality of pain care for vulnerable, stigmatized and underserved populations.

•  Increasing public awareness of pain, increasing patient knowledge of treatment options and risks, and helping to develop a better informed health care workforce with regard to pain management.

These efforts will build on the current work underway from the Federal Medicine to equip providers with the tools and information they need to make informed patient-centered treatment decisions that include safer and appropriate opioid prescribing.

The goals of the National Pain Strategy can be achieved through a broad effort in which better pain care is provided, along with safer prescribing practices, such as those recommended in the recently released CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

For additional information or to download the full NPS, visit:

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When the Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management came to HJF’s Department of Strategic Communications and Design with a relatively simple-sounding problem, this publishing challenge became a reality.

Pain Medicine Journal Highlights DVPRS

The Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS) was featured on the cover of Pain Medicine in August 2016. Inside this issue, DVCIPM researchers published the study: Psychometric Testing of the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale (DVPRS); A New Pain Scale for Military Population.  

Our Mission

To leverage the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and collaboration to develop and communicate consensus recommendations in support of Air Force, Army, Navy, and VHA pain management practice, education, and research.

Clinical Pain Medicine

DVCIPM fosters the development of innovative pain treatments. Our goal is to advance resources that will aid the diagnosis and treatment of pain, and make them readily available to the Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, and Veteran.

Pain Education and Training

DVCIPM collaborates with clinicians, researchers, and subject matter experts across DoD, VA, and civilian medicine to develop and disseminate pain management education and training content. 

Pain Research

DVCIPM conducts research on pain management, treatment, tracking and impact.

The JPEP is a collaboration effort between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a standardized pain management curriculum to improve complex patient and provider education and training.

This free resource is available as a downloadable PDF, along with supplemental questions to be used to determine a patient’s level of pain.

The task force's final report contains 109 recommendations for a holistic, multidisciplinary and multimodal pain management strategy that utilizes state of the art/science modalities and technologies to address acute and chronic pain of soldiers and other patients.

This handbook, developed by DVCIPM, serves as a resource for managing the pain of battlefield trauma and educates anesthesiology residents in the art and science of advanced regional anesthesia techniques.

The HPRC’s website contains resources to help service members manage pain. It also will keep you up-to-date with what the DoD and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are doing to improve the treatment and management of pain.  This resource is geared directly towards patients and will take you to an external website.

Pain management and evacuation are often critically linked. These resources provide information and necessary documentation for use during air or ground evacuation.