Veteran and Family Well-Being Series

Outcomes of Interdisciplinary Pain Management

December 9, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
Event Overview

What is the recommended treatment program for chronic pain? This concluding session of the series will begin with the presentation of findings from the VA Whole Health Project followed by the presentation of a study on the effectiveness of interdisciplinary care for Veterans.  Speakers will be available to answer audience questions live at the end of each presentation.

On November 18th, Dr. Friedhelm Sandbrink and Dr. Ben Kligler introduced the VA’s Whole Health Project. This project involved the application of a biopsychosocial model into practice in the Veterans Health Administration. Having collected evidence-based findings through years of practical application, the two researchers will return to discuss the outcomes of the project and their findings to date.

As the concluding presentation of the series, Dr. Eleni Hapidou will share the results her study on the effectiveness of interdisciplinary care for Veterans and non-Veterans.  Having spent decades working in the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic in Hamilton, ON, Dr. Hapidou initiated a study to compare and contrast the outcomes of Veterans and non-Veterans participating in the four-week chronic pain management program.  Her findings highlight the importance of interdisciplinary care for chronic pain and provide hope for the improvement of well-being of Veterans who are able to access care.

  • 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)
  • Eleni G. Hapidou, Ph.D., C. Psych., has been working with the interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Management Unit (CPMU) (now the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic) since 1992.  Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University.
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