SOTA Conferences

VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) has convened a series of “State of the Art” Conferences (SOTAs) to bring together leading VA and non-VA experts on specific priority topics related to Veterans health and health care. Goals of SOTA conferences are to establish consensus on the state of the evidence (i.e., what is currently known) and begin to identify priorities for future VA research. Two recent SOTAs focused on nondrug approaches to chronic musculoskeletal pain and strategies to improve opioid safety have informed the initial priorities of the Pain/Opioid CORE.