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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 2982 QUALITY focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 206 QUALITY focused publication briefs)

  • Links Between Opioid Use and Suicide
    This review describes what is known about the links between suicide and overdoses, with a focus on pathways through opioid use, issues of intent, risk factors, prevention strategies, and unresolved issues. Many factors promote the initiation and persistence of opioid use, but several specific pathways toward vulnerability to overdose and suicide are highlighted. Interventions that address shared c...
    Date: January 3, 2019
  • Mobile Acute Care for Elders (MACE) Consultation Lowers Readmission and Mortality Rates
    Underlying geriatric syndromes in hospitalized patients can lead to complications such as delirium, falls, and functional decline, which in turn may lead to increased morbidity, mortality, readmission, longer hospital stays, decreased quality of life, and increased costs. Mobile Acute Care for Elders (MACE) has emerged as a way to provide dedicated geriatric care designed to prevent these complica...
    Date: December 21, 2018
  • 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

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Studies

( 5 of more than 289 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 Finch, Dezon 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)
2/12/2019 Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes Following Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Therapy in High-Risk Patients Lovejoy, Travis  
1/28/2019 Facilitating Quality Improvement at the Frontlines: Lessons Learned from a National Program Snow, Lynn  
Hartmann, Christine  
12/20/2018 ESP Report: Emergency Department Interventions for Older Adults Williams, Jr., John  
Hughes, Jaime  
Freiermuth, Caroline  
Hastings, Susan Nicki  
12/3/2018 Meet VIReC: The Researcher’s Guide to VA Data Souden, Maria  
11/14/2018 Impact on High-cost Healthcare Utilization due to Changes in the Patient-centered Medical Home Implementation 2012 to 2015 Reddy, Ashok  

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Videos

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