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:
Developing and implementing pragmatic, integrated behavioral health interventions for persons with chronic medical illnesses.
Developing pragmatic approaches for measurement and improvement of diagnostic safety.
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
Each COIN works closely with operational partners throughout the VA healthcare system. IQuESt partners include: