The Veterans Administration Northwest Regional Health Services research and development field program: Organization, activities, and early outcomes

C. D. Austin, W. B. Carter, M. L. Durham, S. C. Hedrick, D. H. Hickam, T. S. Inui, T. D. Koepsell, R. A. Pearlman, M. D. Petersen, M. L. Rothman

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Abstract

In 1982, the Veterans Administration established Health Services Research field programs in each of the six VA regions. Herein, we describe the historical origins, organization, responsibilities, activities, and early accomplishments of one of these programs-the Northwest Regional HSR&D field program. Special reference is made to this program's commitment to health services research relevant to geriatrics and gerontology, including the development of a system-wide agenda for research, information syntheses in geriatrics-relevant health services research topics, and the conduct of funded projects pertinent to care of the elderly. The importance of a medical center location for the field programs is discussed, and early indications of institutional impact are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-839
Number of pages15
JournalHealth services research
Volume20
Issue number6 II
StatePublished - Jun 11 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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