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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2033 — Developing Effective Collaborations with Operational Partners that Advance Research: Examples of Three QUERI-Supported Projects

Ho PM, Denver VAMC/IHD-QUERI; Aron D, and Kirsh S, Cleveland VAMC/DM-QUERI; Helfrich CWood GB, VA Puget Sound HCS/IHD-QUERI; Tsai T, Denver VAMC/IHD-QUERI; Goldstein M, Palo Alto VAMC/IHD-QUERI; Bryson C, VA Puget Sound HCS/IHD-QUERI;

Workshop Objectives:
This panel session will present three examples of QUERI-supported projects involving strong collaboration with a VA operational partner. While many prior panels and presentations have addressed research-operations partnerships, we focus in particular on how to foster collaborations that effectively advance research. The three projects represent different types of operational collaboration: 1) Implementation of ATHENA, a research-developed decision support system to improve hypertension management, in VISN 1 with operational partners in the VISN leadership; 2) developing a quality improvement intervention to reduce radiation exposure using the Cardiovascular Assessment Reporting and Tracking (CART) system as part of a QUERI-funded project with operational partners in the Office of Patient Care Services; and 3) conducting a national evaluation of four specialty care transformational initiatives with operational partners in the Office of Specialty Care Transformation.

The session will open with a brief introduction, followed by 15-minute presentations describing the aims, activities, and partnerships of each of the three QUERI-supported projects. We will then hold a moderated discussion among panel members focusing on questions about relationship building and negotiation with operational partners to ensure researcher objectives are met, including relationship-building prior to the project; negotiations about scope, timing and deliverables; and to what extent and how specific academic aims and products were agreed upon. We will discuss where evaluation ends and research begins, and what the boundaries are of an intervention. The session will conclude with 15 minutes of comment and question and answer with the audience.

Target Audience:
This workshop is aimed at researchers, clinicians, and operations staff with experience or interest in research/operations collaborations.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
No prior knowledge or training required. The goal of this panel session is to promote and contribute to the quality of researcher/operations collaboration in the context of QUERI projects.

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