HSR&D Research Featured in Journal Supplements and
VA HSR&D research is featured in two special journal supplements -- Journal of
Rehabilitation Research & Development (JRRD) and the Journal of General
Internal Medicine (JGIM), and in one special issue of Pain Medicine.
As a follow-up to a Pain Research Summit held by VA's Rehabilitation R&D Service
and VA/HSR&D's Polytrauma and Blast-Related Injury Quality Enhancement
Research Initiative (PT/BRI-QUERI), a series of papers was published in a special
issue of Pain Medicine [October 6, 2009;10(7)]. Among Veterans receiving primary
care in VA health care facilities, as many as 50 percent of men and 75 percent of
women report the presence of pain. Similarly high rates of pain are documented
among Veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan. This special
issue of Pain Medicine considers the evidence for the assessment and management
of pain in this population, and focuses on the most prevalent and challenging
of pain conditions observed among newly returning Veterans. In
addition, HSR&D is planning a series of cyber seminars featuring authors from
the Pain Medicine special issue. See the cyber seminar schedule (www.hsrd.research.va.gov/for_researchers/cyber_seminars/catalog.cfm).
The November 2009 issue of JRRD includes papers commissioned for the 2008
VA Office of Research and Development State-of-the-Art (SOTA) Conference:
"Research to Improve the Lives of Veterans: Approaches to Traumatic Brain Injury
Screening, Treatment, Management, and Rehabilitation." The SOTA focused
on traumatic brain injury (TBI) -- sometimes referred to as the 'signature
injury' of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Articles address topics ranging
from care coordination with the DoD to the pathology of blast-related brain injury
to community integration for Veterans with TBI.
In January 2010, a Special JGIM Supplement will feature 10 articles written by
QUERI investigators. The theme of the Supplement is "Connecting Research
and Patient Care," and it will focus on lessons learned about implementing evidence-
based interventions into clinical practice through the QUERI program.
These lessons are particularly important given national health care reform efforts
and the need to speed up and sustain improvements in our health care
system. Specific topics addressed in the Supplement include: organizational
readiness in specialty mental health care, connecting research and patient care,
and the use of electronic clinical reminders for brief alcohol counseling.