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AHRQ and the VA announce a joint research priority for translating research into practice

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Department of Veterans Affairs have issued a joint Program Announcement (PA) encouraging research that addresses a critical priority for the quality of health care in the United States: the translation of research findings into improved quality, patient safety, and health care outcomes.

The challenge of translating evidence-based practices into measurable improvements in care has been clearly described by the Institute of Medicine and other health care leaders. Research supported under this PA will build on work currently underway to provide essential information to health care decisionmakers about implementing evidence-based improvements in care. This new joint program is described in the PA, "Translating Research into Practice—Joint Program Announcements" (PA-02-066), published in the February 22 NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts.

Because the challenge of translating research into practice confronts all health care organizations, this PA is an unprecedented collaboration between AHRQ and the VA to encourage evaluation of improvement strategies that can be broadly replicated.

For more information about this PA, go to the February 22 NIH Guide at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-066.html.

Additional inquiries should be directed to Margaret Coopey at (301) 427-1618 or MCoopey@ahrq.gov.

Inquiries also may be directed to Lynn McQueen, Dr.P.H., at the VA; call Dr. McQueen at (202) 273-8227 or send an E-mail to lynn.mcqueen@hq.med.va.gov.

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