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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2029 — Cultivating Research-Operations Partnerships: Using Women’s Health as a Case Example

Frayne SM, HSR&D COE - Palo Alto; Yano EM, HSR&D COE - Greater Los Angeles; Hayes P, Women Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group, VA Central Office;

Workshop Objectives:
VA health services research has entered a new era. While VA health services researchers have long been committed to helping improve clinical care delivery in VA, researchers now find themselves in a climate where close collaboration with clinical operations is a fundamental expectation. Indeed, partnership with clinical operations is a core element of the new VA HSR&D CREATE research program. While many health services researchers have been collaborating with clinical partners for decades, for others this expectation puts them into more uncharted territory. This workshop will share lessons learned from successful women’s health collaborations, to support investigators interested in developing or strengthening relationships with clinical partners. This workshop has the following key objectives: 1) Describe several examples of research-operations partnerships in VA women’s health, including the Women’s Health Research Consortium, the Women’s Health Practice-Based Research Network, the Women’s Health Evaluation Initiative, the National Survey of Women Veterans, and the Women’s Health Emergency Department Survey, among others; 2) Discuss navigation of various research-operations partnership issues, such as identifying shared priorities and timelines, maintaining integrity of the research process in the face of operational demands, and addressing the fast-paced, dynamic nature of clinical operations, among other topics; and 3) Illustrate some of the tremendous benefits that can arise for investigators and clinical leaders alike from such collaborations.

The faculty will include the PI’s for the VA Women’s Health Research Consortium/Practice-Based Research Network (WHRC/PBRN)—both of whom have conducted large projects for the national VA women’s health program—along with their clinical operations partners in the Women Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group. The workshop will include: 1) Descriptions of salient aspects of prior women’s health partnership initiatives; and 2) Discussion of key challenges and opportunities, with an emphasis on specific case scenarios and practical tips, and with ample participation by the audience, many of whom will have their own challenges and successes to share with the group.

Target Audience:
Target audience includes researchers interested in pursuing new or strengthening existing partnerships regardless of specific interests in women’s health research.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
Low to moderate

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