April 2, 2020: EHR Core Seeks to Advance Routine Collection and Measurement of Pain Data: An Interview With Dr. Rachel Richesson and Dr. Keith Marsolo

The NIH Collaboratory’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) Core Working Group supports the Demonstration Projects by facilitating multisite research collaborations between investigators and data stewards and by developing tools and approaches for the secondary use of EHR data for clinical research.

We spoke with the leaders of the EHR Core, Dr. Rachel Richesson and Dr. Keith Marsolo, at the NIH Collaboratory PRISM kickoff meeting in November to learn more about how the EHR Core will support the new PRISM Demonstration Projects.

“The projects have come together to look at standard approaches for measuring pain and collecting data, and if we can move the technology and the systems in a way that can make this more routine, I think that will be a great service,” said Dr. Richesson, cochair of the EHR Core.

The new Demonstration Projects are part of the the PRISM program (Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing), a component of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. The NIH Collaboratory serves as the PRISM Resource Coordinating Center.

Learn more about the PRISM Demonstration Projects:

  • AcuOA: Pragmatic Trial of Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults
  • FM TIPS: Fibromyalgia TENS in Physical Therapy Study
  • NOHARM: Non-pharmacological Options in Postoperative Hospital-Based and Rehabilitation Pain Management
  • OPTIMUM: Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic low back pain in the primary care setting

The NIH Collaboratory PRISM Resource Coordinating Center is supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Support is also provided by the NIH Common Fund through a cooperative agreement from the Office of Strategic Coordination within the Office of the NIH Director.