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PHILADELPHIA — While VHA must face the challenge of meeting the needs both of aging veterans and recently deployed servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the two groups have at least one problem in common: a high incidence of chronic pain.
WASHINGTON — Veterans with PTSD are more likely than others to be prescribed opioids for post-injury pain, and that can lead to an increase in adverse mental and physical effects, according to a recent VA study.
WASHINGTON — Continuing a pattern of easing the way for Gulf War veterans to seek care and compensation, VA has extended the presumptive period for them to file claims for benefits for previously undiagnosed illnesses.
WASHINGTON — The Army is seeking permanent authority to accept unused or old prescription drugs from military healthcare beneficiaries who wish to get rid of them.
WASHINGTON — Army officials are taking steps to replicate an innovative telehealth project to enhance the Army’s pain-medicine care and treatment.
WEST HAVEN, CONN. — Over the last few years, telemedicine has partially redefined how health care is delivered to patients, especially those who do not live near medical centers. For the most part, it has been a one-to-one exchange. One patient communicates with one physician, or one physician communicates with a specialist at another facility.
Walking a Tightrope: Military Tries to Balance Appropriate Pain Treatment with Growing Misuse of Prescription Drugs
Washington, DC - The military services, especially the Army, are walking a tightrope on how to appropriately treat wounded warriors’ pain without feeding into the growing problem of misuse of pain relievers and other prescription drugs among troops.
Several recent events have thrown a spotlight on the dilemma.
WASHINGTON—The Army’s efforts to improve acute and chronic pain management in injured troops have been recently honored by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM).
New Toolkit Advises Providers on Care of mTBI Patients With Additional Conditions Such as PTSD, Pain
Use short, simple sentences. Summarize key points throughout the appointment.
These are among the tips that a recently released toolkit recommends to providers treating military personnel with mTBI who are also suffering from co-occurring health conditions.
Once called the “disease of kings” because of its association with consumption of rich food and alcohol, gout actually affects far more than royalty. Three million Americans suffer from the painful affliction, and the VHA treats a disproportionate share of those, since gout is more common in older men and post-menopausal women, especially those who use alcohol. Still, quality indicators for treating gout have been available less than 10 years and only more recently has the VA begun looking at how those best practices could be applied in its system.
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