2018 — Building Strong Research and Operations Partnerships: Strategies and Experiences of the HIV/Hepatitis QUERI and VA Office of Public Health
Elwy AR, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, Bedford COE; Durfee JM, VA Office of Public Health; Gifford AL, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, Bedford COE; Burgess JD, VA Office of Public Health and HIV/Hepatitis QUERI; Goetz MB, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, VA Greater Los Angeles; Midboe A, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, Palo Alto COE; Plumb DN, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, Bedford COE; Asch SM, HIV/Hepatitis QUERI, Palo Alto COE; Davey VJ, VA Office of Public Health;
Research and operations partnerships may create tensions that, if handled well, can lead to creative solutions to difficult clinical and health service delivery problems. Alternatively, these tensions, if not handled well, can harm partnerships and lead to failures in meeting shared goals. Our HIV/Hepatitis (HH) QUERI and VA Office of Public Health (OPH) partnership reveals that a strong research/operational interface requires: 1) understanding the different time horizons for addressing important clinical problems from research and operations perspectives; 2) identifying research questions that will be relevant to partners for years; 3) designing studies that are flexible as clinical systems change; 4) keeping clinical and operational partners engaged throughout the course of research, including sharing of results prior to publication; and 5) building relationships that lead to credibility, trust, and respect. The objective of this workshop is to assist HSR&D researchers in the early stages of partnership development to build the skills and knowledge needed to engage VHA clinical and operations stakeholders in research collaborations.
In this workshop, HH QUERI investigators and OPH operational partners will 1) present model case studies based on funded research that highlight real-world examples of creating a strong partnership, addressing the five requirements listed above, and 2) use their collaboration experience to assist workshop attendees in identifying strategies to meet these requirements in new partnerships or partnerships under development. Workshop participants will read hypothetical examples of clinical or health service delivery issues which require a strong research/operational partnership in order to successfully solve the health care problem. In small groups, participants will brainstorm strategies to meet the five requirements of a strong partnership as a first step in developing strategies for their own partnerships under development. HH QUERI and OPH partners will facilitate discussion about participants’ strategies, discussing the strengths and potential weaknesses of different approaches. The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session about the HH QUERI and OPH partnership. Participants will be provided with materials and bibliographies needed to further their progress of creating successful VA research/operations partnerships.
Health services researchers seeking to collaborate with clinical and operational partners on VA funded research.
Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Early to mid-level investigators; researchers new to VA HSR&D.