It is inevitable that everyone will experience some sort of pain in their life.  Understanding Pain was developed to provide individuals, family members, and clinicians with general strategies for managing acute and chronic pain.  Based on an Australian concept for pain education, Understanding Pain is a product of the Department of Defense (DoD) - Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Joint Pain Education Project (JPEP). 

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

NIH announces the solicitation of written comments on Draft National Pain Strategy.

Comments on the draft National Pain Strategy must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 20th, 2015. This document includes objectives and plans related to key areas of pain and pain care, including professional education and training, public education and communication, service delivery and reimbursement, prevention and care, disparities, and population research. The draft National Pain Strategy reflects the work of many offices across the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs. The draft National Pain Strategy also reflects input from scientific and clinical experts and pain patient advocates.

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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.

Doctors at Walter Reed have been using regional anesthesia for years, but Oct. 7, 2003, was the first time they used it on the battlefield.

Despite tremendous advances in battlefield medical treatment, pain management has changed very little since the Civil War, with morphine being the primary medication used for pain control. Today, with an unprecedented number of wounded personnel surviving their injuries, managing pain has become a major issue for military health care providers.

The Acute Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesia Course provides an intense, hands-on cadaver workshop for civilian and military physician anesthesiologists seeking to add advanced anesthesia techniques to his/her practice. The workshop focuses on indications, anatomical considerations and techniques for each block.

Pain Medicine Journal

Pain Medicine is the premier source of peer reviewed research and commentary on matters relevant to the multidisciplinary clinical practice of pain medicine.


Pain is a fact of life for many of our injured service members and veterans. The diagnosis and treatment of pain properly receives more attention and resources than ever before.

DVCIPM seeks

  • to improve the management of pain in military and civilian medicine
  • and to guide research and policy regarding pain and its treatment.


DVCIPM conducts research on pain management, treatment, tracking and impact. Our Research Advisory Board comprises top leaders in pain research and policy in order to guide DoD pain research in the most fruitful directions.

Clinical Resources

The Center has developed innovative pain treatments. Our goal is to make resources that will aid the diagnosis and treatment of pain readily available to any who need them.

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.