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HSR&D Research Briefs – Summer 2017

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August 2017

HSR&D Research Briefs disseminates news and information to the HSR&D investigator community. In this issue:


Spotlight: 2017 HSR&D/QUERI National Meeting

Held from July 18-20, the themef the 2017 VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) National Meeting was "Accelerating Innovation and Implementation in Health System Science." The theme emphasized three key goals of an optimal learning healthcare system:

  • Speeding innovative solutions for the highest priority issues for Veterans and the VA healthcare system;
  • Accelerating system-wide adoption and spreadf proven best practices; and
  • Improving VA's ability to utilize healthcare data to enhance coordinated care, identify best practices, and effectively engage patients.

Meeting participants included more than 350 researchers, VA partners, and clinical leaders. Competitively selected from more than 800 submitted abstracts, the meeting featured: 7 plenary papers, 74 additional papers presented as part of themed sessions, 5 workshops, 10 partnered panel sessions, and 100 posters on healthcare issues of vital importance to Veterans and the VA healthcare system. Topics included but were not limited to pain management, suicide prevention, access to care (particularly for rural Veterans), PTSD, telemedicine, intimate partner violence, opioid prescribing, complementary and integrative healthcare, obesity, medical foster homes, patient safety, and how Veterans may be affected by the Veterans Choice Program.

National Meeting Highlights

Dr. Rachel RamoniVA's Chief Research and Development Officer, Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD, presented her remarks as part of the plenary session on day two of the meeting. Dr. Ramoni spoke about what she considers her priority areas—impact, efficiency, and cross-agency coordination. Dr. Ramoni took audience questions that addressed how her office can best facilitate research, and what HSR&D investigators view as their biggest barriers to conducting research.

Harlan Krumholz, MD, SMHarlan Krumholz, MD, SM, Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale New Haven Health presented the Keynote Address, in which he discussed NextGen Research: Opportunities and Imperatives Ahead.

Richard BarbatoGuest speakers at the conference also included Richard Barbato—an Iraq war Veteran and Veteran Outreach Specialist at the Lowell Vet Center in Lowell, MA. In this role he serves Veterans and their families across the Northeast region of Massachusetts. His talk on the importance of Veteran outreach received a heart-felt standing ovation.

Under Secretary & HSRD Awards

Dr. Eve Kerr, second from right is presented the USH 2017 awardMiguel LaPuz, MD, MBA, Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, presented the Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research to Eve Kerr, MD, MPH, Director of HSR&D's Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) in Ann Arbor, MI, for her remarkable dedication to improving the health and care of Veterans. Dr. Kerr is recognized internationally for developing innovative, clinically meaningful methods to assess and improve quality of care, evaluating the influence of care processes on quality, and understanding the challenges of providing care to patients with multiple chronic conditions. In addition, the HSR&D annual awards, presented in November 2016, were acknowledged during the meeting. Linda Kim, PhD, MSN, RN, received the Post-Doctoral Best Poster Award for "What are the Implications for Task Sharing between Interprofessional Team Members?".

Archived Meeting Resources

A National Meeting live stream archive is available on the HSR&D website, as are podcasts in the HSR&D Live from the Meeting series. The podcasts feature nearly 20 HSR&D investigators discussing topics ranging from the Veterans Choice Program, chronic pain care, and suicide prevention to homelessness, community care, and more.


Research News & Recent Dissemination

Research News & Calls for Submission

  • Submission Deadline: Proposals for VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry must be received no later than September 8, 2017.
  • Live from the Meeting Podcasts.This audio series includes six interviews conducted with HSR&D investigators who presented their work at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in June 2017.
  • Walid Gellad, MD, MPH, part of HSR&D's Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP), authored an article in The Wall Street Journal's June 14 online edition about how Medicare might benefit by following VA's lead in lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Learn more...

Recent Dissemination


Awards & Honors

Katie Suda, PharmD, MS, Research Health Scientist with the HSR&D Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare in Hines, IL, was a co-author on a paper published in JAMA that won this year's Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) Charles C. Shepard Award in the Assessment Category. Learn more...

To submit an award notice for possible publication on the HSR&D website, be sure that the award is recognized at a national and/or international level. Internal awards, such as departmental awards, are not accepted. The award can be for a Center-wide achievement for an individual investigator.


Publication Notification and Search Tools

Search Tools
Looking for published research? The search tools for articles, presentations, citations, and HSR&D internal publications include the following:

  • Research by Topic. A search keyed to VA's priority topic areas. Results collect all current HSR&D projects, citations, reports, Cyberseminars, videos, or other products and resources available on the HSR&D website.
  • Citations. Search citations from journals, meetings, conferences, and reports credited to HSR&D researchers.
  • Publications. A search option for HSR&D and QUERI-produced publications, as well as Evidence Synthesis Reports.
  • Women's Health Literature. A database of citations, studies, and publications about women Veterans health and healthcare

Publication Notification
Please let us know as soon as you have an article accepted for publication. This applies to all publications based on an HSR&D-funded or managed project, and for publications authored/co-authored by an HSR&D-supported investigator, regardless of funding source. To submit your notification, use the VA Intranet-based PubTracker system. Instructions for accessing PubTracker are available on the Publication Notification Requirement page of the For Researchers section on the HSR&D website.


Newly Funded

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