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2020 Sep

Med Care

58 Suppl 2 9S

Provider Perspectives of Battlefield Acupuncture: Advantages, Disadvantages and Its Potential Role in Reducing Opioid Use for Pain.


Giannitrapani KF, Ackland PE, Holliday J, Zeliadt S, Olson J, Kligler B, Taylor SL
Med Care. 2020 Sep; 58 Suppl 2 9S:S88-S93.
PMID: 32826777.


Nonpharmacological options to treat pain are in demand, in part to address the opioid crisis. One such option is acupuncture. Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is an auricular needling protocol currently used to treat pain in the Veterans Health Administration. We aimed to identify the advantages and disadvantages of BFA from providers' perspectives.