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Volume 41 Number 2, March/April 2004
Pages 244

Traumatic Amputations Summit

As part of Veterans Health Administration's (VHA's) overall response to the increase in traumatic amputations resulting from the current military conflicts, Office of Research and Development (ORD) has issued a series of new solicitations for research efforts aimed at improving the quality and outcomes of VA healthcare delivered to amputees. Among the new solicitations is a joint announcement from Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service and Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service to establish a new Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Center on amputations. QUERI is an innovative VA program combining research and clinical quality improvement goals and approaches to facilitate the translation, or implementation, of research into routine practice to improve the quality, outcomes, and efficiency of VA healthcare services. QUERI Centers work to identify evidence-based clinical practices, to assess current practices and outcomes within VA that identify quality gaps and other areas where improvement is needed, and to implement-and evaluate-evidence-based programs and strategies to achieve performance improvements.

To better identify the needed focus and activities of the proposed QUERI Center, ORD will host a two-day agenda-setting summit meeting on amputations on May 19 and 20, 2004. This invitation-only summit will bring together experts from RR&D, HSR&D, VA clinical and operations leadership, non-VA experts, and stakeholders (from Department of Defense and other federal agencies, Disabled American Veterans and other not-for-profit organizations, etc.) to review the current "state of the art" in research and clinical care practices and to identify critical gaps in research and practice. The summit will supplement a related workshop that was held in November 2003, but will focus more on practice-relevant research needs rather than more basic research. Summit products are expected to include a detailed research agenda and preliminary plans for the proposed Amputations QUERI Center. In addition, recommendations for VA healthcare operations leaders will be proposed to help them to assess and improve care in parallel with the research efforts.

Readers interested in learning more about the QUERI amputations solicitation, QUERI in general, or other ORD funding opportunities, please visit the ORD Web site at

Ms. Linda McIvor
Dr. Brian Mittman

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