Military: Transformation of Pain Management (2013)

National RX Drug Abuse Summit
Orland, FL
April 2-4, 2013

Military: Transformation of Pain Management
Royal Dublin A & B

The Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) share an interest in addressing the overuse, misuse, abuse, and diversion of prescription medications by service members and veterans. The DoD/VA Pain Management Task Force Report (2010) provided the rationale and recommendations to transform current pain management practice towards a more patient centered and holistic approach. Two initiatives that exemplify the DoD/VA transformation of pain management include: PASTOR/PROMIS and Project ECHO. First, a patient reported outcomes initiative that will allow the military to move beyond “chasing zero” for pain management treatment goal to improving function and quality of life. PASTOR/PROMIS leverages the NIH PROMIS initiative to provide statistically significant data and clinical decision making information.

Second, developed at University of New Mexico, Project ECHO is a “tele-mentoring” initiative
that has been adapted for use in DoD and VA to build competence and confidence of primary
care providers to address the pain management needs of Service members and Veterans.

Military Workshop: Beyond Medications: Military Medicine’s Expansion of Pain
Management Treatment Options

Moderator: Col. Kevin Galloway, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Pain Management Task Force
Presenter: Col. Richard Petri, Director, Department of Defense’s Center for Integrative Medicine
and the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center

The Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration are facing unique challenges to
pain management tactics that are not always easy to solve. Through the use of the U.S. Army
Pain Management Task Force, new initiatives are underway to overcome limitations and bring
about new approaches to medicine. In this session, you will hear many treatment options that
are being utilized in the U.S. Military and learn how to apply them in civilian medicine.

Learning Objectives:
1. Outline strategies to provide community level support to soldiers and their families struggling with prescription pain addiction.
2. Plan how to establish a support group for spouses and children of military families.
3. Identify ways to leverage partnerships to impact your community.

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