2024 — PACT Demonstration Labs: Multi-Level Partnerships in Action
Rubenstein LV, Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Sepulveda; Fihn SD, Office of Informatics and Analytics, VACO; Werner RM, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia; Kerr EM, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor; Hickam DH, Portland Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Mental and Physical Disorders, Portland; Rosenthal GE, Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City;
New models of care such as VA’s Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) focus on increasing the value of the healthcare dollar from a patient-centered perspective. In part, these models aim to achieve value through further development and use of healthcare-related scientific and technological knowledge. Researchers can be effective links to knowledge; research/clinical partnerships may therefore enhance the ability of care systems such as VA to achieve PACT goals. VA Central Office clinical leadership funded the PACT Demonstration Laboratory (Demo Lab) project, including 5 Labs and a Coordinating Center, as a foundation for research/clinical partnership during national implementation of PACT. The scientific approaches and partnership configurations differ across labs. This workshop explores the multi-level partnership process across all participating sites. Now in their second year of operation, labs have experienced the formation, implementation, and initial action phases of partnership. The workshop aims to enable participants to 1) view PACT partnerships within a multi-level framework; 2) assess the partnership benefits and challenges experienced by the Demo Lab project; 3) consider what levels, if any, of partnership may pertain to their own projects; and 4) participate as a group in identifying key strategies for successful partnership.
Lab leaders will provide an overview of multi-level research/clinical partnerships as applied to PACT. Presenters will then address, at each partnership level, key partners, goals of partnership, challenges, and ideas for improvement. Partnership levels will include VA Central Office, VISN, medical center, and primary care practice. Each presenter will integrate content from the relevant experiences of all labs. After answering initial questions, presenters and the audience will participate in a facilitated panel discussion aimed at identifying methods for successful partnership for primary care improvement.
Anyone interested in multi-level partnerships for implementing research into practice settings, including health services researchers, clinical partners, and project staff.
Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
The workshop assumes limited knowledge of PACT on the part of HSR&D researchers who are not involved in clinical activities; clinician-researchers who are participating in the PACT clinical transformation may be familiar with PACT activities at the local hospital or clinic level.