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Academic Detailing Service - Educational Materials

Educational materials developed by the ADS cover the following topics: Acute Respiratory Infections, Alcohol Use Disorder, Antipsychotics, Benzodiazepines, Chronic Insomnia, Dementia, Depression, Emergecy Department Acute Pain, Headaches, HIV/PrEP, Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution, Opioid Use Disorder, Pain/Opioid Safety Initiative, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Schizophrenia, Stimulants, Suicide Prevention, and VA Video Connect. Topics identified and developed undergo extensive review by subject matter experts, identified topic aligned committees, and PBM Clinical Pharmacy Program Managers. All subject matter experts are required to complete conflict of interest forms.

All of our Academic Detailing Educational Materials are available through our Educational Material Catalog, which can be accessed by clicking on the first image below. Every item listed in the Catalog can be accessed by clicking on its corresponding image within the Catalog.

We also provide a catalog of educational materials specifically on Pain Education, which can be assessed by clicking on the second image below. The Pain Education Materials Catalog highlights materials that will specifically be helpful to providing academic detailing for providers managing patients with conditions related to pain. 

                                   Image of ADS's STOP PAIN Catalog - Click Here  

New Documents not Yet incoporated into Catalog

Alcohol Use Disorder

Acute Respiratory Infection





Heart Failure

Insomnia Disorder



Tobacco Use Disorder

Weight Management

We do not provide printed materials for organizations outside of the VA.  However, external organizations are welcome to print these materials themselves if they wish.

The educational tools developed by the Academic Detailing Service are in the public domain; therefore, outside entities can freely use, print, and/or link the materials to their website. However, we request that proper credit be given to the appropriate creators.

Example of citation:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Pharmacy Benefits Management, National Academic Detailing Service. (2018). Effective Treatments for PTSD: Helping Patients Taper from Benzodiazepines (IB&P Number: IB10-910; P96798). Retrieved from

If an outside entity modifies or changes the content of the VA Academic Detailing Service's educational tools, then they should indicate what the changes are and avoid using our VA logo.

Types of Educational Materials

Provider Guide

Document utilized to guide discussion between the Academic Detailer and the clinician. This document provides visually pleasing summaries on updates of the literature and guidelines for the topic being addressed. It typically includes a combination of text, tables and graphics to illustrate information and provide support for key messages.

Quick Reference Guide (also known as "pocket cards")

Document containing key drug (e.g. drug dosing, monitoring) and non-drug detailed information needed to carry out key messages identified in the provider guide, such as information on side effects, dosing, lab monitoring, and interpretation of results.

Fact Sheet

Two page quick reference document utilized to provide additional information to support specific key messages.

Patient Education

Documents used to facilitate shared decision making, to engage a patient in a particular topic and encourage them to talk to their provider, or to advertise a particular treatment option or assessment tool. 

***Disclaimer:  These resources are designed for an Academic Detailing Program.  These are not instructions for the patient.  Please ensure the patient speaks with their provider to determine what is in the best interest of the patient.