Federal agencies will work together across 13 separate research trials
In order to combat the treatment of chronic pain in the U.S. military, a new five year, $22 million research project is underway, and will be spread across multiple federal agencies and 13 separate research trials. Led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development Division, the project will focus on non-drug approaches for treating chronic pain, as well as conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse and sleep problems.
In addition to studying active military and U.S. veterans, the research will also look at the effects chronic pain has on family members. According to another large scale study, chronic pain in the U.S. military following deployment was reported by 44 percent of subjects compared to 26 percent in general population. Opioid use was seen in 15 percent versus 4 percent, respectively.
“The need for non-drug treatment options is a significant and urgent public health imperative,” said Dr. Josephine Briggs, MD, director of the NCCAM.
For more information on the research project, click here: Massive Research Project Targets Chronic Pain in the Military.
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