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Management perspectives on research contributions to practice through collaboration in the U.S. Veterans Health Administration: QUERI Series

Thomas J Craig1 and Robert Petzel2*

Author Affiliations

1 Office of Quality and Performance (retired), Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, USA

2 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Midwest Health Care Network, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Implementation Science 2009, 4:8  doi:10.1186/1748-5908-4-8

Published: 26 February 2009

Abstract

The Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) is a unique quality improvement program designed to connect health services researchers to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) management and operations, as well as to provide the science and initiative for making change. Through this process, QUERI stakeholders have learned that success and impact in improving healthcare quality and outcomes largely depends on coordination and collaboration among numerous VHA programs and organizations working to develop and implement evidence-based clinical policies, practices, and quality improvement strategies. This Commentary discusses some of these collaborative efforts and perceived successes in achieving common goals from the viewpoints of two closely involved VHA Operations/Support stakeholders.

The Commentary is part of a Series of articles documenting implementation science frameworks and tools developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI).