Author: Jennifer L. Gansen
This interactive course will instruct participants in how to begin implementation of an outpatient functional restoration program for chronic pain, ie, intensive integrated coaching for self-care for wellness. The model will be the Atlanta VA Health System's Empower Veterans Program (EVP). EVP help coach veterans with chronic pain to live a fuller life by moving toward their own wellness goals. The program features group experience supplemented with individual coaching. This functional rehabilitation quality improvement is part of a health system solution for pain management and plays an important part in turning off the faucet of the opioid epidemic. EVP will be explained in detail by members of the multidisciplinary team professionals who are directly involved with EVP, including a medical doctor, a psychologist, and a physical therapist. The presenters will address that high impact chronic pain is real, complex, and difficult to treat. As a result, even 10 weeks of evidence based cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain is only modestly effective.