Celebrating VA researchers and innovations
National VA Research Week was observed May 14-18, in a number of different ways designed to share new developments and individual achievements in VA research. Research Week programs ranged from Veteran luncheons and Q&A sessions to scientific presentations and poster displays by researchers and lab tours for media and congressional representatives. They also included recognition of research volunteers and their efforts to support Veterans' health.
Proposing a new framework for clinical trials recruitment
In a paper published in Contemporary Clinical Trials
, Dr. Grant Huang, director of the VA Cooperative Studies Program, and colleagues found that despite the importance of patient recruitment to successful clinical trials, many researchers fail to meet patient recruitment goals. The project team recommended creating a strategic framework to guide the process of patient recruitment, rather than just addressing individual activities. Read more
VA state of the art conference on care coordination
VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) held an invitation-only two-day state-of-the-art (SOTA) conference on care coordination in March in Baltimore, Maryland. The purpose of the SOTA was to explore the state of care coordination within VA and in collaboration with community partners. Invited experts worked on developing a research agenda focused on improvements and innovations in care coordination, and identified recommendations for VA policymakers.