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The VA Office of Health Equity seeks a Chief Officer to lead the program to tackle health and health care disparities across the VA. VA Secretary Shulkin ranks health equity as a major priority in VHA.
Four pilot research projects submitted by VISN 4 investigators have been recommended for funding. These one-year projects focus on improving equity and/or quality in health and health care among Veterans.
CHERP study engaged patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis to build positive psychological skills. Improving symptom severity and psychosocial well-being, the intervention shows promise for chronic pain management.
NEJM published a Perspective by CHERP’s Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, MBA, on improving communication between providers and patients, especially racial minorities who are much less likely to have needed joint replacement.
VISN4 investigators: apply for CHERP pilot research funds to improve quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veterans or to improve quality, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics.
Safe use of opioids, efficient management of non-formulary meds, and unintended barriers to access created by the VCP must be addressed, and new cost, quality, and safety concerns identified to ensure high quality care.
CHERP’s Daniel Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc finds that frailty screening of preoperative patients may be effective and scalable for improving surgical outcomes for aging and increasingly frail US and Veteran populations.
A report by CHERP Investigators highlights the need for increased coordination between VA and Non-VA health systems to help reduce unsafe prescribing for dementia patients seeking medications across healthcare systems.