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COIN: Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt); Houston, TX

Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety

Director: Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.


About the COIN

The mission of IQuESt is improve health and well-being in healthcare delivery through:

  • Innovation—conducting research on healthcare delivery that impacts policy, practice and the health of patients and populations.
  • Implementation—disseminating and implementing innovations in healthcare delivery.
  • Mentorship—Training and mentoring researchers and leaders in healthcare delivery science.

Research Focus Areas

IQuESt’s work is very broad, but specific focus areas include:

  1. Developing and implementing pragmatic, integrated behavioral health interventions for persons with chronic medical illnesses.
  2. Developing pragmatic approaches for measurement and improvement of diagnostic safety.
  3. Developing new measures and novel analytic approaches for measurement of health care quality for improvement at the individual, facility, and population health level.

Programs and Structure

IQuESt is organized into four scientific programs, and the goal of each program is to provide outstanding leadership and scholarship to produce the best science in its area of emphasis, while collaborating effectively across programs. Program areas are:

  • Health Decision-Making & Communication
  • Clinical Epidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness
  • Behavioral Health & Implementation
  • Health Policy, Quality & Informatics

These scientific programs are supported by four functional core teams:

  • Implementation Science & Innovations
  • Methodology & Statistics
  • Administration & Operations
  • Education & Training

Partner Offices

Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. IQuESt partners include: