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Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research


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Dr. Steven Fu; Dr. Nina Sayer

Our Leadership

Meet the Director, Deputy Director and Associate Directors of CCDOR.

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Prescription Opioids Not Superior to Nonopioids for Chronic Pain

Treating Chronic Pain

Erin Krebs, MD and her team conducted a pivotal randomized control trial of 240 patients with chronic pain which showed that over 12 months, the treatment of moderate to severe pain with opioids was no better than that of nonopioid medications.

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Featured Project

ARMOR Study on Chronic Pain

Melissa Polusny, PhD and Chris Erbes, PhD were funded through NIH’s National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) UG3/UH3 Phase Innovation Awards Cooperative Agreement mechanism to conduct a prospective, longitudinal cohort study of new military enlistees.

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The Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR) is a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation (COIN) operating under the direction of the Office of Research and Development (ORD). Since 1998 CCDOR has been a productive, interdisciplinary community of professionals conducting methodologically-rigorous research intended primarily to improve health outcomes for Veterans with chronic disease.

CCDOR’s mission is to optimize patient engagement in and provider use of evidence-based practices. Our current strategic plan prioritizes pursuit of this objective in our focus areas where our expertise and operational partnerships are exceptionally strong:

  1. PTSD
  2. Cancer Prevention and Screening
  3. Chronic Pain
  4. Evidence-based Synthesis Program


CCDOR also has particular strengths in two crosscutting areas of research:

  • Implementation Science
  • Healthcare Disparities

These areas of emphasis are enhanced by the presence of program grants and affiliated Centers. The Center is a vibrant organization with 24 core investigators, 7 affiliate or associate investigators, 2 fellows, 3 core administrative staff, 13 statistical and data management core staff, and 23 project staff. The Center currently supports 77 funded projects with an annual budget of over $7.8 million.


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Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR)
Mail code: 152, Bldg. 9
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Phone: 612.725.1979
Fax: 612.727.5699

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5445 Minnehaha Avenue South
Building 9
Minneapolis, MN 55417

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