Once they have been released from active military service, veterans lose the highly structured system of healthcare and benefits, and feel lost as they try to navigate civilian life. Many clinics also experience their own barriers to delivering care to veterans, due to third-party payer billings and a lack of resources that address veterans’ unique needs.
The Centre of Excellence is a central source of information not only for veterans, but also for clinicians and other professionals. Through the Centre of Excellence, clinicians and other professionals can access a growing network of clinics where veterans can access care, evidence-based best practices, and better understand how to offer a standard model of personalized care that will help veterans get back to their lives.
Unlike other research centres, the Centre of Excellence partners with veterans and their families to ensure our research insights address their day-to-day challenges with chronic pain. We update this page monthly with new research insights, best practices, learnings, and recommendations, so that researchers across Canada and around the world can be on the cutting edge of chronic pain research and pain management.
As the Centre of Excellence’s first step towards building a chronic pain system that works for veterans and their families, we will launch our Rapid Recommendations this summer. These Rapid Recommendations will be a shortlist of the current best practices that pain clinics and case managers can use to help veterans manage their chronic pain.
The Centre of Excellence’s longer-term research will continuously review current therapies in collaboration with clinicians and other healthcare practitioners to understand which therapies and pain management services best address veterans’ real-world needs. The Centre of Excellence will be involved in initiating clinical trials to further develop new therapies for managing pain, growing the network of pain clinics and researchers across Canada, and continuously measuring the metrics associated with timely access to care and quality of life for veterans and their families.