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Quality Improvement

VA HSR&D Research Topics: Quality Improvement

Quality improvement comprises all aspects of the VA healthcare system—from organizational factors to one-on-one patient interactions. Important issues being studied include improving surgical outcomes, assessing multiple factors that contribute to high-performance hospitals, and evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of VA healthcare programs and initiatives.

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Citations

(5 of more than 2971 QUALITY focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 204 QUALITY focused publication briefs)

  • Veterans Receiving Prescriptions Through Both VA and Medicare Are More Likely to Be Taking Opioids and Benzodiazepines
    This study sought to assess the association between receiving medications from both VA and Medicare Part D (dual use) and the receipt of overlapping opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions. Findings showed that receiving prescription medications from both VA and Medicare Part D was associated with a 27% increased risk of overlapping opioids and benzodiazepines – and more than twice the risk of ove...
    Date: October 9, 2018
  • Men Using VA More Likely to Receive Appropriate Prostate Cancer Imaging Tests Compared to Those Using Medicare
    This study sought to assess the association between the quality of healthcare within VA vs. Medicare, by comparing rates of guideline-concordant and guideline-discordant staging imaging among patients with newly diagnosed prostate cancer utilizing VA services only, Medicare only, or a combination of the two. Findings showed that among men with low-risk prostate cancer, the VA-only and VA-Medicare ...
    Date: August 17, 2018
  • Substantial Variation in Cardiovascular Mortality Rates across the VA Healthcare System
    This study sought to determine whether there are substantial differences in cardiovascular outcomes across 138 VA medical centers. Findings showed that there is substantial variation in risk-standardized cardiovascular mortality rates across the VA healthcare system, suggesting differences in the quality of cardiovascular healthcare. Ischemic heart disease (IHD) annual death rates at the VAMC with...
    Date: July 1, 2018
  • Systematic Review: Pay-for-Performance and VA Healthcare
    Investigators sought to identify studies that examined the effects of pay-for-performance (P4P) on the quality of care and health of Veterans, including potential unintended consequences, as well as program design features and implementation factors important to P4P both within VA and in the community. Findings showed that overall, evidence is insufficient to determine whether P4P results in durab...
    Date: July 1, 2018
  • No Decrease in Drinking among Veterans despite Alcohol-Related Nurse Care Management Intervention in Primary Care
    The Choosing Healthier Drinking Options in Primary Care (CHOICE) intervention was designed to improve drinking outcomes by engaging Veterans at high risk for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in patient-centered, alcohol-related care. Investigators in this study examined whether 12 months of alcohol care management via the CHOICE intervention – compared with usual primary care – improved drinking outco...
    Date: May 1, 2018

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Studies

( 5 of more than 285 QUALITY focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 17-289 Mitigating Racial/Ethnic and Socio-Economic Disparities in VA Care Quality and Patient Experience Washington, Donna 2018-09-01
IIR 16-239 Quality of Care for Justice-Involved Veterans: Gaps, Predictors, and Stakeholder-Driven Solutions Finlay, Andrea 2018-05-01
IIR 16-040 Investigating Multi-Level Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Quality of End-of-Life Care for Veterans Kutney Lee, Ann 2018-04-01
IIR 17-219 Benchmarking Hospital Quality: Template Matching versus Conventional Regression Approaches Prescott, Hallie 2018-03-01
IIR 16-296 Measuring, Mining and Understanding Communication Behaviors: Markers for Quality Healthcare Houston, Thomas 2018-01-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Quality" publications displayed.

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Quality" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
12/20/2018 ESP Report: Emergency Department Interventions for Older Adults Williams, Jr., John  
Hughes, Jaime  
Kessler, Chad  
Hastings, Susan Nicki  
11/14/2018 Impact on High-cost Healthcare Utilization due to Changes in the Patient-centered Medical Home Implementation 2012 to 2015 Reddy, Ashok  
11/5/2018 VA Women’s Health Research Network: Accelerating Research Impacts and Advancing Learning Healthcare System Principles Yano, Elizabeth  
Frayne, Susan  
Hamilton, Alison  
10/11/2018 HSR&D Innovation Initiative Program RFA (Planning/Start Up Funds) Paolicelli, Courtney  
Tomoyasu, Naomi  
Atkins, David  
9/19/2018 Tools to Improve Primary Care-Specialty Care Referrals in VHA Vimalananda, Varsha  

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Videos

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Podcasts

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