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VA HSR&D Podcasts

Investigator Insights Podcast Series

Audit and feedback in clinical care coordination

Sylvia J. Hysong, PhD, is an investigator in the Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. In this episode, Dr. Hysong discusses her work applying audit and feedback in order to improve clinical care coordination among VA's patient-aligned care teams. - Listen (11:34)

Sylvia J. Hysong, PhD

Sylvia J. Hysong, PhD

Telehealth in VA and electronic medical record best practices

Jane Anderson, PhD, RN, is a Research Investigator with the HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety and Associate Director of Nursing Research at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. In this episode, Dr. Anderson discusses her research into the delivery of telehealth in VA and best practices around the VA's electronic medical record. - Listen (11:42)

Jane Anderson, PhD, RN

Jane Anderson, PhD, RN

Treatment of PTSD in Veterans

Natalie Hundt, PhD, is an investigator with the HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. In this episode, Dr. Hundt talks about her research focusing on improving the treatment of PTSD in Veterans. To learn more about Dr. Hundt’s work, watch this video on the VHA YouTube channel.  - Listen (5:27)

Natalie Hundt, PhD

Natalie Hundt, PhD



2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Meeting Podcasts

Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD

Paula Schnurr, PhD, Director of the VA National Center for PTSD, discusses perspectives on implementation of evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD. - Listen (7:52)

Paula Schnurr, PhD

Paula Schnurr, PhD

Using Third Party Contractors in the Implementation of the Veterans Choice Program

Andrea Nevedal, PhD, an investigator with HSR&D's Center for Innovation to Implementation, in Palo Alto, CA, discusses her work on using third party contractors in the implementation of the Veterans Choice Program. - Listen (8:36)

Andrea Nevedal, PhD

Andrea Nevedal, PhD

Clinical Dashboard Elements to Improve Chronic Pain Care

Jenny Tighe, MSPH, Project Coordinator with the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Medical Effectiveness at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, talks about the process of supporting implementation of clinical dashboard elements necessary to improve chronic pain care. - Listen (9:57)

Jenny Tighe, MSPH

Jenny Tighe, MSPH

 from left to right - Sonya Gabrielian, MD, MPH;  Alex Young, MD; Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc; Tom O'Toole, MD Housing First initiative

Sonya Gabrielian, MD, MPH, and Alex Young, MD, both of HSR&D's Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles; Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc, Affiliate Investigator with HSR&D's Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research; and Tom O'Toole, MD, Director of the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans address the Housing First initiative's impact on ending Veteran homelessness. - Listen (11:26)

Photo: (from left to right) Sonya Gabrielian, MD, MPH; Alex Young, MD; Stefan Kertesz, MD, MSc; Tom O'Toole, MD

The Women's Health Experience Survey

Catherine Chanfreau-Coffinier, PhD, a Post Doctoral Fellow at HSR&D's Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles, discusses findings from the Women's Health Experience Survey that relate to drivers of care quality ratings both within and outside of VA. - Listen (6:31)

Catherine Chanfreau-Coffinier, PhD

Catherine Chanfreau-Coffinier, PhD

Neurocognitive Risk Factors and Suicide Prevention

Alejandro Interian, PhD, HSR&D affiliate investigator and a staff psychologist with the VA New Jersey Health Care System, talks about neurocognitive risk factors and how they may be used to help prevent Veteran suicide. - Listen (8:13)

Alejandro Interian, PhD

Alejandro Interian, PhD

from left to right: Denise Hynes, PhD, MPH;  C. Leo Greenstone, MD; Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH, Michelle Mengeling, PhD VA Community Care

Denise Hynes, PhD, MPH, Director of the VA Information Resource Center in Hines, IL; C. Leo Greenstone, MD, Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care with the VHA Office of Community Care; Michelle Mengeling, PhD, Affiliate Investigator with HSR&D's Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation in Iowa City, IA; Amy Rosen, PhD, Research Career Scientist with HSR&D's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research in Boston, MA; Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH, of HSR&D's IDEAS 2.0 Center of Innovation in Salt Lake City, UT; and Todd Wagner, PhD, Director of HSR&D's Health Economics Resource Center in Menlo Park, CA share a conversation about how operations and research are working together to better understand how Veterans use VA community care. - Listen (10:50)

Photo: (from left to right) Denise Hynes, PhD, MPH; C. Leo Greenstone, MD; Megan Vanneman, PhD, MPH, Michelle Mengeling, PhD

Opioids and PTSD

Eric Hawkins, PhD, investigator with HSR&D's Center for Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care, co-located in Seattle, WA and Denver, CO, talks about whether opioid and benzodiazepine co-prescribing among patients with PTSD contribute to mortality among Veterans. - Listen (8:35)

Eric Hawkins, PhD

Eric Hawkins, PhD

Evidence-Based Interventions and TBI

Lisa Brenner, PhD, Director of the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers for Veterans Integrated Service Network 19, discusses two evidence-based interventions that may help prevent suicide among Veterans with traumatic brain injury. - Listen (12:31)

Lisa Brenner, PhD

Lisa Brenner, PhD

 from left -- Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD, MPA, MSW Women Veterans: Housing Instability and Intimate Partner Violence

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD, MPA, MSW, both with HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion in Pittsburgh, PA, discuss the relationship between housing instability women Veterans experiences with intimate partner violence. - Listen (14:12)

Photo: Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW (left), and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD, MPA, MSW (right)



Live from the Meeting Podcasts - briefs interviews of HSR&D researchers from the 2017 Academy Health Annual Research Meeting

The Veterans Choice Act

Megan Vanneman, PhD, with HSR&D's IDEAS 2.0 Center of Innovation talks about the Veterans Choice Act, including how the Choice Act affects Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, and whether the evidence base indicates success in implementation. - Listen (6:06)

Megan Vanneman, PhD

Megan Vanneman, PhD

VA as a Learning Healthcare System

Melissa Garrido, PhD, an HSR&D Career Development Awardee and an investigator from HSR&D QUERI's Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource (PEPReC) discusses VA as a Learning Healthcare System, including what that means, and how partnerships between researchers and stakeholders facilitate a learning healthcare system. - Listen (3:44)

Melissa Garrido, PhD

Melissa Garrido, PhD

Family Caregiver Training

Courtney Van Houtven, PhD, with HSR&D's Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care discusses her presentation, which focused on a long-running study looking at family caregiver skills training. - Listen (7:06)

Courtney Van Houtven, PhD

Courtney Van Houtven, PhD

Measuring Quality of Care for Women Veterans

Donna Washington, MD, MPH, Core Investigator with the HSR&D Center for Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, discusses her work about measuring the quality of care for women Veterans. - Listen (6:46)

Donna Washington, MD, MPH

Donna Washington, MD, MPH

Quantifying Facilitation in Implementation Trials

Mark Bauer, MD; Christopher Miller, PhD; Bo Kim, PhD; Jeffrey Smith, PhDc; and Mona Ritchie, PhD participated in an AcademyHealth "Innovation Station" session, which had a heavy focus audience engagement. - Listen (11:33)

Mark Bauer, MD

Mark Bauer, MD

Communities of Practice

Anju Sahay, PhD, with the MedSafe QUERI, participated in another Innovation Station, and discusses Communities of Practice by engaging multidisciplinary and multi-level providers to implement evidence-based practices to improve the quality of healthcare. - Listen (11:53)

Anju Sahay, PhD

Anju Sahay, PhD