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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2026 — The Effective Research Partnership: Working with PC-MHI

Metzger ME, SMITREC; VACO; Pomerantz A, and Kearney L, VACO; McCarthy J, and Brockmann L, SMITREC; Dumas P, VACO; Greenwood S, SMITREC; VACO; Kilbourne A, CCMR/SMITREC; Post EP, SMITREC; VACO;

Workshop Objectives:
The new VA research paradigm recognizes the importance of research done in partnership with program offices. Such partnerships maximize the probability that research will generate actionable findings and lead to sustainable change. The Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program office and associated evaluation team have collaborated successfully with numerous quality researchers and would like to share the lessons learned with others interested in integrated mental health care implementation, research, and quality improvement. In this workshop, participants will 1) articulate the rationale for partnership; 2) learn about PC-MHI program rationale, structure, function, and current system prevalence; 3) generate ideas regarding potential opportunities for partnership; and 4) explore guidelines for effective collaboration.

Activities:
Following a brief didactic presentation of PC-MHI program history, structure, and functioning, participants will break up into small groups based on interests. In a first round of small group discussion, participants will select a content area of research interest (e.g., brief clinical practice, measurement-based care, organizational and implementation research, novel applications of integrated care). In a second round, participants will select a group representing one of two research modalities (secondary data analysis/evaluation using national-level data, or primary data collection/analysis from a single or multiple sites). The whole group will come back together for a large group discussion of guidelines for effective collaboration and Q&A.

Target Audience:
Researchers focusing on secondary analysis of large databases, mental health treatment trials, and interdisciplinary care and quality improvement.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Minimal.


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