February 21, 2020: New Video Interviews Highlight Goals of the NIH HEAL Initiative and PRISM Demonstration Projects

Recently, the Collaboratory Coordinating Center conducted video interviews describing the critical work being done in the NIH HEAL Initiative program to address the national opioid crisis. As part of this program, the PRISM (Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing) Demonstration Projects present exciting new possibilities for answering important questions along with unique challenges.

Drs. Rebecca Baker and Wendy Weber discuss the aims of the HEAL Initiative, including:

  • Leveraging expertise across all NIH institutes and centers to enhance pain management and improve prevention and treatment strategies for opioid use disorder and addiction
  • Generating evidence to help clinicians and patients make the right treatment decisions


Drs. Meyers, Hernandez, and Weber discuss aspects of collaborating with the four PRISM Demonstration Projects, including:

  • Leveraging broad expertise in the Collaboratory program to support embedded healthcare systems research in pain management
  • Developing new understanding across different care models such as physical therapy, surgery, acupuncture therapy, and primary care settings
  • Learning about patient-reported outcomes that will be the most meaningful to establish best practices in pain management

Learn more about the PRISM Demonstration Projects on their webpages:

  • 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