COIN: Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center; West Haven, CT
Director: Lori A. Bastian, MD MPH
About the Center
The overarching goals of the PRIME Center are to improve clinical practice and Veterans’ health by aligning health services research with clinical priority goals; conducting rapid and efficient studies; and leveraging existing data to evaluate innovations and best practices.
Mission. To study the interactions between medical and behavioral health factors to develop and implement interventions that can improve health by employing medical informatics, behavioral science, implementation science, and health services research.
Purpose. To provide leadership within and outside VA to foster high quality, high impact, and Veteran-centered health services research and education.
Goals and Research Focus Areas
The PRIME Center plays a leadership role in pain and pain management within VA. The Center’s high-level goals are to:
- Conduct research to improve care for Veterans with pain and associated chronic conditions;
- Conduct research to improve women Veterans' health;
- Foster innovative/emerging health services research outside the two focus areas;
- Engage Veterans in all aspects of our strategic planning and research methods;
- Establish a strong infrastructure that supports mentoring and career development, including partnered, system-oriented research and implementation research; and
- Promote interdisciplinary, cross-institutional collaborations and research networks in priority areas.
The Center has the following focused areas of research:
- Pain Management and Opioids: Improving pain care for Veterans.
- Women’s Health: Improving health outcomes and delivery of care for women Veterans.
- Application of methods.