A demonstration of the Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry (PASTOR) is now available for anyone interested on our website.
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.
We value the input health care providers using the DVPRS provide to us about their experiences with this resource. If you have used this tool in your practice we ask you to please take a moment to complete our quick online survey.
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.
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Our Mission

To leverage the best available evidence, clinical expertise, and collaboration to develop and communicate recommendations in support of DoD operational anesthesiology and 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.


Pain Registry Biobank

The Pain Registry Biobank is a novel, innovative IRB-approved registry that combines patient-reported outcomes (PASTOR) with blood/tissue samples and medical history data from enrolled participants. The Pain Registry Biobank recruits both clinical populations and healthy control subjects. Blood and tissue samples linked with enrollee's PASTOR responses and their electronic medical record data are banked, providing an unparalleled pain biomarkers resource. This rich database has resulted in a patient outcomes registry that can support point-of-care treatment decision making. The database also allows aggregation of data from a large number of patients and enables assessment of the safety and effectiveness of therapies. The Pain Registry Biobank is available for researchers to apply to use these samples for their research studies.

Please reach out to DVCIPM at if you would like information on how to enroll as a participant in the Pain Registry Biobank or if you are a researcher and would like to talk with DVCIPM about applying to use the data and samples from this rich database in your own research study.

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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.