Accession Number:

ADA523510

Title:

Pain Management Task Force

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL (ARMY) FALLS CHURCH VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

164.0

Abstract:

The Army Surgeon General LTG Eric B. Schoomaker chartered the Army Pain Management Task Force TF in August 2009 to make recommendations for a MEDCOM comprehensive pain management strategy that was holistic, multidisciplinary, and multimodal in its approach, utilizes state of the artscience modalities and technologies, and provides optimal quality of life for Soldiers and other patients with acute and chronic pain. TSG appointed BG Richard Thomas, Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection, as the TF Chairperson. Task Force membership included a variety of medical specialties and disciplines from the Army, as well as representatives from the Navy, Air Force, TRICARE Management Activity, and Veterans Health Administration VHA. The Task Force conducted its review and analysis utilizing site visits, interviews with clinical subject matter experts and medical staff, and data collection through Regional Medical Commands, as well as through a review of medical literature, and policies and regulations of U.S. Army Medical Command MEDCOM and the Department of Defense DoD. The Task Force conducted 28 site visits from October 2009 through January 2010 at Army, Navy, and Air Force Medical Centers, Hospitals and Health Clinics, as well as VHA and civilian hospitals. Visits outside of Army Medical Treatment Facilities MTFs were scheduled based on recommendations from Service representatives, while also taking into account the facilities reputations for innovative and state of the art approaches to pain medicine. During site visits, leadership and staff were asked to assess pain management capabilities, strengths, weaknesses, and best practices at their respective facilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE