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Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D)

The VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) is an integral part of VA’s quest for innovative solutions to today’s health care challenges. HSR&D supports research that encompasses all aspects of VA health care, focusing on patient care, cost, and quality. The main mission of HSR&D research is to identify, evaluate, and rapidly implement evidence-based strategies that improve the quality and safety of care delivered to Veterans.

Advance Care Planning via Group Visits Program

Engaging Veterans in group discussions to develop an advance care plan

Created in January 2012 by the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center (North Little Rock)

Advanced Comprehensive Diabetes Care (ACDC)

Leveraging Home Telehealth and other VA resources to control diabetes

Created in December 2013 by the Durham VA Medical Center


Enhancing quality of care by communicating health needs collaboratively

Created in June 2012 by the Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (San Diego, California)

Kicking CAUTI Campaign

Our intervention reduces unneeded urine tests & antibiotic treatment.

Created in April 2010 by the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Houston)

Mixed Reality to Manage Phantom Pain (Mr. MAPP)

A Mixed Reality virtual mirror therapy system to treat phantom pain

Created in January 2020 by the Dallas VA Medical Center

National Center for Lung Cancer Screening (NCLCS)

Reducing lung cancer deaths

Created in October 2013 by the Portland VA Medical Center (Portland, Oregon), San Francisco VA Medical Center, Charleston VA Clinic (Charleston City Hall Lane), Durham VA Medical Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio), Brooklyn VA Medical Center, Minneapolis VA Medical Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Lieutenant Colonel Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center (Ann Arbor)

Preventing Contextual Errors Program

Taking into account each Veteran’s unique circumstances to plan effective care

Created in March 2013 by the Jesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois)

Reducing Hospital Admissions and Amputation Prevention: Remote Temperature Monitoring

Eliminating amputation, reducing ER visits and hospital admissions

Created in May 2019 by the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Team-supported, EHR-leveraged, Active Management for Hypertension (TEAM)

TEAM supports hypertension management using population health tools.

Created in October 2018 by the Durham VA Medical Center

Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS)

Improved eye care access for all Veterans using eye telehealth

Created in March 2015 by the Atlanta VA Medical Center (Atlanta, Georgia)

The Surgical Pause

The Surgical Pause Improves Outcomes, Adds Value, and Reduces Cost

Created in July 2011 by the Omaha VA Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska)

Transforming Health and Resiliency through Integration of Values-based Experiences (THRIVE)

Bringing happiness to healthcare through values, strengths, and purpose

Created in March 2015 by the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital (Tampa, Florida)