November 26, 2019: PRISM Kickoff Meeting Welcomes New Demonstration Projects to NIH Collaboratory

The NIH Collaboratory welcomed 4 new Demonstration Project teams last week during a kickoff meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. These pragmatic clinical trials embedded in healthcare systems are funded through the Pragmatic and Implementation Studies for the Management of Pain to Reduce Opioid Prescribing (PRISM) program, a component of the NIH HEAL Initiative to address the opioid crisis.

PRISM Demonstration Project Investigators
Left to right: Kathleen Sluka, PT, PhD (FM TIPS); Andrea Cheville, MD (NOHARM); Karen Sherman, PhD, MPH (AcuOA); Jon Tilburt, MD (NOHARM); Lynn DeBar, PhD, MPH (AcuOA); Leslie Crofford, MD (FM TIPS); and Natalia Morone, MD (OPTIMUM).

In its recently announced role as the PRISM Resource Coordinating Center, the NIH Collaboratory Coordinating Center will provide technical support and pragmatic trial expertise for the new Demonstration Projects. The projects address a range of questions related to pain management and opioid prescribing. They include:

  • 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

Attendees of the PRISM kickoff meeting included the Demonstration Project teams, NIH Collaboratory leadership and Coordinating Center faculty and staff, and representatives of several NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The Demonstration Project teams presented their studies to the full group for discussion. They then participated in individual breakout sessions with the Core Working Groups to discuss anticipated challenges in design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination.