SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medicine

General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Health Services Research

The Indianapolis Health Services Research and Development Center on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice (HSR&D-CIEBP) is a local and national resource for learning about implementation of health information technology and process improvement methods. The Center helps leverage VA's investment in healthcare quality improvement, information technology, and care re-engineering to ensure high quality, safe and effective routine medical care. In addition, the Center provides postdoctoral training in health services research, medical informatics and patient safety. Its mission is to advance the science of implementing evidence-based practices, both within and outside the VA health care system.

The Center's core and affiliate investigators currently participate in 34 research projects from a variety of federal and non-federal sources. Current year funding for research projects totaled $1.7 million; VA specific funding specific funding for the year totaled $1.4 million, for an overall annual funding of $4.4 million. These projects cover a wide variety of implementation related health services research projects. The Center also has an internal pilot grant program, which funds a series of Locally-Initiated Projects. Two recently funded IIRs (Drs. Bair and Damush) address improvement of chronic pain and stroke care issues for veterans. Additionally, teams of investigators are working closely with the VA Office of Quality and Performance in leading two national Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Projects (QI-TAP) to improve consult completion and missed opportunities in VA. In the past year, Center investigators published 53 peer-reviewed journal articles and participated in 24 oral and poster presentations at national research meetings.

To learn more about HSR&D CIEBP visit: http://www.ciebp.research.va.gov/.