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VA RESEARCH QUARTERLY UPDATE
This Issue: Chronic Disease Care | Table of Contents: Spring 2016 |

From the Acting Chief Research and Development Officer


 Staff and visitors check out scientific posters during a National VA Research Week event last year at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. <em>(Photo by April Eilers)</em>
Staff and visitors check out scientific posters during a National VA Research Week event last year at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. (Photo by April Eilers)

Staff and visitors check out scientific posters during a National VA Research Week event last year at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. (Photo by April Eilers)

David Atkins, M.D., M.P.H. Research Week is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments of VA's research program, and recognizes the researchers, Veterans, and partners who support the program. It provides VA and local communities an opportunity to highlight outstanding achievements in VA research.

VA Research Week 2016 will take place May 16-20. The theme of this year's observance is "The Path of Progress." While VA facilities throughout the nation will hold open houses and other activities, I'd like to mark the event by discussing an important recent development that has helped VA progress along our path of service to Veterans: Health Service Research & Development (HSR&D)'s Center of Innovation (COIN) program.

The COIN program promotes innovative research and facilitates collaboration across multidisciplinary research teams. COINs were established to build on the past successes of VA's HSR&D research centers while providing more effective mechanisms and incentives to reward research and partnerships that lead to measureable improvements in the care of Veterans.

Their work helps ensure VA research has the greatest possible impact on VA's policies and health care practices, and will improve health care outcomes for Veterans.

There are 19 COINs throughout the VA system. Each COIN includes one or more focused areas of research addressing questions of significance to our clinical and operational partners. Those partners are engaged to support the research outcomes of the COINs. A full list of VA's COINs, along with a link to the websites of each center, can be found here.

As an example, our Center of Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety, located in Houston, has partnered with VA facilities around the country to measure the quality of VA's chronic disease care, the theme of this issue of VA Research Quarterly Update. The center is also well-known for its research on the department's electronic medical records system, and for finding ways to make the system work better for patients and providers.

COINs and VA's Collaborative Research to Enhance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE) initiative are mechanisms to involve the entire VA health care system in our research planning. VA's 10 funded CREATEs coordinate research projects conducted by teams of collaborating investigators in partnership with others in the VA health care system.

COINs and CREATEs help us find new ways to do research, and make the process of translating our findings to the bedside more efficient, which will benefit generations of Veterans both now and in the future. They are among many VA research innovations we celebrate during Research Week 2016. I hope you'll join us as we do so!

David Atkins, M.D., M.P.H.
Acting Chief Research and Development Officer


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