IPA Agreement for Megan McHugh

Project: Research project

Project Details


Chronic pain has been designated a high priority area within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system. The Pain Management Outcomes Program (PMOP) is a Congressionally mandated program aimed at reducing opioid dependence. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a useful treatment model that addresses biopsychosocial conditions, including chronic pain. The Empower Veterans Program (EVP) is an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program established within the framework of the ACT model. EVP is a 10-week group medical appointment curriculum focused on chronic pain management. Participants engaged in 30 hours of provider-led sessions which included education, group discussion, and experiential training. Three core components underly each session: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindful Movement, and Whole Health Coaching. Groups typically have 10-20 veterans and are staffed by an integrated team of clinicians (i.e., physician, psychologist, physical therapist, social worker, and chaplain). The TelePain EVP pain program is in the PMOP and team is currently engaged in RAPID implementation and evaluation of key outcome metrics. To fulfill the Congressional mandate of TelePain programs requires the involvement of implementation science and specialists for increased uptake, diffusion, and spread and non-VA implementation scientist are needed immediately. The incumbent Research Scientist shall play a key role in diffusion, spread, and evaluation of EVP TelePain.
Effective start/end date9/1/228/31/23


  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (AGMT 07/28/22)


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