Acute Pain Management - Meeting the Challenges: A VA Clinician's Guide


Sponsoring Organization

VA Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) Services


Provides information and recommendations on safe and effective methods for acute pain management for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) healthcare providers to promote safe opioid prescribing and decrease the number of veterans who develop opioid use disorder (OUD). Covers the Stepped Care model to manage acute pain including opioid use risks, opioid free and non-pharmacological approaches for pain management, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Geographic Coverage



Harm Reduction • Health Education for Community and Patients • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Veterans