Kavitha Reddy, MD, Whole Health System Clinical Director, Veterans Health Administration, was one of five presenters during the focus group facilitated by AACIPM and Midwest Business Group on Health on March 4 in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Reddy shared some exciting preliminary findings from VA’s Whole Health initiative, such as veterans with chronic pain who used whole health services had a 3-time reduction in opioid use compared to those who did not use whole health services.
A challenge in complementary and integrative health is examining the effectiveness of approaches that have not been tested through formal research. VA researchers are conducting studies to determine which approaches are truly safe and effective. This information can help clinicians and people with pain make informed decisions about treatment options. Read about these outcomes and more in the VA Center for the Evaluation of Patient Centered Care (EPCC): Whole Health Flagship Site Evaluation.
Read more about VA’s Whole Health initiative and the flagship facility in St. Louis, Missouri, where Dr. Reddy and team are making a positive impact on the lives of veterans.