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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
 

New Initiatives

Centers of Innovation/new QUERI projects


   At the COIN based in Little Rock, researchers are studying how to best provide mental health care via videoconferencing, among other topics. (Photo by Jeff
    Bowen)
At the COIN based in Little Rock, researchers are studying how to best provide mental health care via videoconferencing, among other topics. (Photo by Jeff Bowen)

At the COIN based in Little Rock, researchers are studying how to best provide mental health care via videoconferencing, among other topics. (Photo by Jeff Bowen)

VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) funded 19 new Centers of Innovation (COINs), effective Oct. 1, 2013.

The mission of the COIN program is to engage clinical and operations partners within the agency from the outset of VA health services research, and to thereby increase the work's impact on Veterans' health.

COIN researchers will conduct innovative studies in targeted areas that contribute to improvements in VA care, enhance research collaborations within and across medical centers, encourage innovative contributions by independent researchers, and facilitate the implementation of research findings. COINs will also help VA continue to transform itself into a continuous learning health care system.

The 19 COINs are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bedford and Boston, Mass; Charleston, S.C.; Durham, N.C.; Hines, Ill.; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind.; Iowa City, Iowa; Los Angeles, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn.; North Florida/South Georgia and Tampa; North Little Rock, Ark.; Palo Alto, Calif.; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Seattle, Wash.; Denver, Colo.; and West Haven, Conn. (Three of the COINs are partnerships between two different VA medical centers.)

To help further ensure that VA research has the greatest possible impact on VA care, HSR&D announced three funding opportunities relating to partnership-oriented research under the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).

The first of these opportunities is partnered rapid-response projects, which is QUERI's principal mechanism to study the process of implementing new treatments or care processes. The second is service-directed projects, which focus on improving care by facilitating the adoption of new treatments or care processes in VA. The third is partnered evaluation centers, which are created in conjunction with a VA operational partner and are designed to aid the evaluation and implementation of new national VA initiatives.

The Journal of General Internal Medicine will be publishing a special supplement on VA partnered research in December 2014. A call for abstracts for the publication was sent out in November 2013, with manuscripts due in March 2014.


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