Veteran and Family Well-Being Series

An Evidence-Based Approach to Pain Management

November 18, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
Event Overview

How effective is cannabis in helping to manage chronic pain? This virtual symposium will introduce the Whole Health Project undertaken by researchers from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) followed by the Centre of Excellence presenting the latest research findings on cannabis. Speakers will be available to answer audience questions live at the end of each presentation.

To begin this session, Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink will describe the VA’s approach to the application of a biopsychosocial approach to pain management in caring for Veterans within the Veterans Health Administration. His talk will set the foundation for the series by emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary care for pain management under a biopsychosocial model. Building on this presentation, Dr. Benjamin Kliger will introduce the application of the biopsychosocial model in practice through the VA’s Whole Health Project. Both Dr. Sandbrink and Dr. Kliger will return to present again in the series on December 9th to share their findings and the initial outcomes from the Whole Health Project.

Following the presentation on the latest research conducted by the VA, Dr. Jason Busse will discuss the effectiveness of cannabis in the management of chronic pain. Dr. Busse recently completed an intensive literature review on this topic on behalf of the British Medical Journal. Having published more than 250 peer-reviewed studies with a focus on management and prevention of chronic pain, his latest findings on the effectiveness of cannabis will be published winter 2020.

  • Friedhelm Sandbrink MD, National Program Director for Pain Management and Opioid Safety, Specialty Care Services, Veterans Health Administration, Director Pain Management, Department of Neurology, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Benjamin Kligler MD MPH, Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration, United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Dr. Jason Busse, Research Director at the Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans, an Associate Professor at McMaster University in the Departments of Anesthesia and Health, Evidence and Impact, Associate Director for the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
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