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Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 Aug 17

BMC Health Serv Res



Effectiveness of a whole health model of care emphasizing complementary and integrative health on reducing opioid use among patients with chronic pain.


Zeliadt SB, Douglas JH, Gelman H, Coggeshall S, Taylor SL, Kligler B, Bokhour BG
BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Aug 17; 22(1):1053.
PMID: 35978421.


The opioid crisis has necessitated new approaches to managing chronic pain. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Whole Health model of care, with its focus on patient empowerment and emphasis on nonpharmacological approaches to pain management, is a promising strategy for reducing patients' use of opioids. We aim to assess whether the VHA's Whole Health pilot program impacted longitudinal patterns of opioid utilization among patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.