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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

2037 — A Pragmatic Perspective on Research-Operations Partnerships

Gifford E, VA Palo Alto HCS; Hamlett-Berry K, VACO; Sox-Harris A, VA Palo Alto HCS; Burden J, Salem VAMC; Hagedorn H, Minneapolis VAMC; Kivlahan D, VA Puget Sound HCS;

Workshop Objectives:
In order to understand clinical care, inform policymaking, and promote change in the healthcare system, health services researchers need to develop collaborative partnerships with VHA clinical providers and policy makers. Among other contributions, operations partners can identify priorities, offer perspective on changes in the policy landscape, assess feasibility, contribute resources, facilitate interactions with other critical partners, and serve as “customers” for research products. The mission of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) QUERI is to improve the detection and treatment of Veterans with hazardous substance use in partnership with the VA Office of Public Health, VA Office of Mental Health Services (OMHS), VA Office of Mental Health Operations (OMHO), and others. In service of this mission, SUD QUERI recently undertook an extensive strategic planning process that engaged more than 67 operational, clinical, Veteran, and research stakeholders in a process of goal definition and prioritization. Currently, every research proposal endorsed by SUD QUERI must specify a collaborative partner(s). This workshop provides an overview of the pragmatics of partnerships in VA research with a special focus on substance use disorder, smoking, and mental health treatment.

A range of examples and issues in the collaborative intersection of practice and research will be discussed, with close attention paid to the pragmatics of developing and implementing partnerships. We highlight a collaboration between SUD QUERI and the Office of Public Health Policy and Prevention, along with OMHS and clinical partners, that aims to promote integrated tobacco treatment implementation in SUD residential treatment programs. Objectives include: (1) describe methods to define and implement a collaborative research agenda, (2) discuss potential roles and functions for collaborative partners, and (3) provide an in-depth example of a partnership spanning tobacco control, substance use disorder, and intensive mental health treatment.

Target Audience:
Junior, mid-career, and senior HSR&D investigators and directors of HSR&D research centers and programs.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
None required

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