- Introduction: A Top-Level Look at the Future of Federal Medicine
- Military Health System in Time of Transition as Conflicts End
- Army Medicine: Redefining Its Role in the Generation of a Ready and Resilient Force
- Air Force Medicine: Averting an Identity Crisis
- Moving Forward with Reforming the Indian Health Service
- The Clinical Pharmacy Specialist's Growing Provider Role in VA
- Public Health Service Pharmacy: Accelerating Transformation
- Military Pain Management’s Future: Less Invasive, More Data-Driven Techniques
- Navy Medicine: Strong, Agile and Ready
- Telemental Health in VA: A New Source of Support for Veterans
Interdisciplinary Pain Management Centers (IPMC)
All pain-management programs noted thus far directly support the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Centers (IPMC) being established at major Army medical centers throughout the DoD. The Navy is building similar centers termed R4s (Readiness, Restoration of Function, Relief of Pain and Research). These pain-management centers are designed to be interdisciplinary and patient-centered in their approach. One important goal of these centers is the amalgamation of interventional pain medicine with selected integrative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, medical massage and biofeedback. Not only are patients increasingly demanding the availability of these options, but evidence continues to mount that these less invasive and less-expensive approaches can be effective for a variety of pain conditions. Coupled with the new standards for data collection and utilization exemplified by the DVPRS and PASTOR/PROMIS, along with new, mutually supportive, specialist/primary-care knowledge networks, the next decade is set for unprecedented advancement in the field of pain management for warriors and their families.
Look for these changes in the coming months within your federal healthcare facilities. Because pain management crosses all medical specialty boundaries, these enhancements to care will be far reaching in scope and meaningful to all manner of providers.
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5http://www.mss.northwestern.edu/Grants%20and%20Research/PROMIS%20Pain.html – accessed Oct. 29, 2012. Fig. 1. Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management.