A VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation (COIN)
To improve our understanding of the complex interactions between pain and associated chronic disease and behavioral health factors and to develop and implement effective interventions that can reduce pain, its negative impacts on emotional and physical functioning, and overall disease burden by employing principles of medical informatics, behavioral science, and health services research, and to improve women Veterans' health.
Focused Areas of Research
With a focus on pain and women’s health research, the strategic goals of the PRIME Center are to: (1) Enact a strategic research agenda to advance scientific knowledge and to have a significant impact on improving care for Veterans with pain and associated chronic conditions; (2) Conduct research to improve women Veterans' health; (3) Foster innovative health services research outside the two focused areas; (4) Establish a strong infrastructure that supports mentoring and career development, including partnered, system-oriented research; and (5) Promote interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations and research networks in priority areas.
Who is Eligible?
Veterans with painful medical conditions, including, but not limited to chronic low back pain, diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain, and pain related to Multiple Sclerosis.
For more information about the Center and our research program, please contact Lisa Carney at 203-932-5711, extension 2335.