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Research: Interdisciplinary Pain Neuroscience Continuing Education in the VA

February 4, 2020 • Pain Science • Becky Vogsland, Adriaan Louw

The EIM pain science team published a study in the The Clinical Journal of Pain that tracked a large group of health care providers from the Veterans Affairs for one year.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  •  Interdisciplinary pain neuroscience education was taught to a large, interdisciplinary group of health care providers that included physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and others.
  • Some providers received pain neuroscience education (PNE) in person and others received the education remotely via live-stream. Both groups had increased knowledge and positive attitudes, showing that PNE can be scaled via telehealth.
  • One year later – PNE resulted in self-reported positive changes in their treatment of people in pain, especially chronic pain.

You can read the full paper here, or access it online here.



Louw, et al. “Interdisciplinary Pain Neuroscience Continuing Education in the Veterans Affairs, Live Training and Live-Stream With 1-Year Follow-up.” The Clinical Journal of Pain: November 2019 – Volume 35 – Issue 11 – p 901-907 doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000756

Becky Vogsland

Becky is a physical therapist with 12 years of experience. She has spent much of her career within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system, where she has been part of several initiatives for treating pain. Current Roles: Assistant Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Minneapolis VA Health Care System Nominating Committee, Pain Special Interest...

Adriaan Louw

A physical therapist with 28 years of experience, Adriaan first became interested in chronic pain when he realized the models he was taught in school were ineffective. He has dedicated his career to changing the way pain is talked about and treated, in order to provide the best care for every patient. Current Roles: Vice-President...

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