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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)

Edited by Cheryl B Stetler, Brian S Mittman, Joseph Francis, Martin Eccles, and Ian D Graham
Implementation Science

Development and use of QUERI's implementation science frameworks and methodological approaches have generated excitement and frustration, enjoyed successes and encountered barriers, and continuously enhanced progress in the understanding of implementation concepts and strategies. Insights gained to date regarding implementation science are now being incorporated into the next phases of QUERI Center programmatic research. 

The articles in this series demonstrate how QUERI conceptualizes, designs, enables, and conducts implementation research, and, consequently, how it develops new insights into implementation science.

Cumulatively, this series describes a broad array of implementation research challenges, as well as potential approaches explored by QUERI researchers to meet those challenges. The commentaries provide reflections on the potential value of QUERI and its related approaches from the perspective of both VA (non-QUERI) leadership and non-VA stakeholders.

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  1. 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...

    Authors: Thomas J Craig and Robert Petzel
    Citation: Implementation Science 2009 4:8
  2. Little is known about effective strategies for disseminating and implementing complex clinical innovations across large healthcare systems. This paper describes processes undertaken and tools developed by the ...

    Authors: Jeffrey L Smith, John W Williams Jr, Richard R Owen, Lisa V Rubenstein and Edmund Chaney
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:59
  3. The continuing gap between available evidence and current practice in health care reinforces the need for more effective solutions, in particular related to organizational context. Considerable advances have b...

    Authors: Cheryl B Stetler, Lynn McQueen, John Demakis and Brian S Mittman
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:30
  4. Ischemic heart disease (IHD) affects at least 150,000 veterans annually in the United States. Lowering serum cholesterol has been shown to reduce coronary events, cardiac death, and total mortality among high ...

    Authors: Anne Sales, Christian Helfrich, P Michael Ho, Ashley Hedeen, Mary E Plomondon, Yu-Fang Li, Alison Connors and John S Rumsfeld
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:28
  5. Implementation of research into practice in health care systems is a challenging and often unsuccessful endeavor. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (...

    Authors: Carolyn M Wallace and Marcia W Legro
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:22
  6. As more quality improvement programs are implemented to achieve gains in performance, the need to evaluate their lasting effects has become increasingly evident. However, such long-term follow-up evaluations a...

    Authors: Candice C Bowman, Elisa J Sobo, Steven M Asch and Allen L Gifford
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:21
  7. The United States (U.S.) Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) has implemented economic analyses in single-site and multi-site clinical trials. To date, no one has...

    Authors: Mark W Smith and Paul G Barnett
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:20
  8. Despite being a critical part of improving healthcare quality, little is known about how best to move important research findings into clinical practice. To address this issue, the Department of Veterans Affai...

    Authors: Sarah L Krein, Steven J Bernstein, Carol E Fletcher, Fatima Makki, Caroline L Goldzweig, Brook Watts, Sandeep Vijan and Rodney A Hayward
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:18
  9. This article describes the process used by the authors in developing an implementation intervention to assist VA substance use disorder clinics in adopting guideline-based practices for treating depression. Th...

    Authors: Geoffrey M Curran, Snigda Mukherjee, Elise Allee and Richard R Owen
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:17
  10. We describe how we used the framework of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) to develop a program to improve rates of diagnostic testing for the Human I...

    Authors: Matthew B Goetz, Candice Bowman, Tuyen Hoang, Henry Anaya, Teresa Osborn, Allen L Gifford and Steven M Asch
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:16
  11. Human Subjects protections approaches, specifically those relating to research review board oversight, vary throughout the world. While all are designed to protect participants involved in research, the struct...

    Authors: Edmund Chaney, Laura G Rabuck, Jane Uman, Deborah C Mittman, Carol Simons, Barbara F Simon, Mona Ritchie, Marisue Cody and Lisa V Rubenstein
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:10
  12. This paper presents a case study that demonstrates the evolution of a project entitled "Enhancing QUality-of-care In Psychosis" (EQUIP) that began approximately when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Qu...

    Authors: Alison H Brown, Amy N Cohen, Matthew J Chinman, Christopher Kessler and Alexander S Young
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:9
  13. Continuing challenges to timely adoption of evidence-based clinical practices in healthcare have generated intense interest in the development and application of new implementation methods and frameworks. Thes...

    Authors: Cheryl B Stetler, Brian S Mittman and Joseph Francis
    Citation: Implementation Science 2008 3:8