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Kilbourne AM, Lasky E, Pincus HA, Good CB, Cooley S, Basavaraju A, Greenwald D, Fine MJ, Bauer MS. The continuous improvement for veterans in care: Mood Disorders (civic-md) Study, a VA-academic partnership. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2008 May 1; 59(5):483-5.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides an ideal opportunity to conduct mental health services research among vulnerable populations, given its extensive data sources, disproportionate number of vulnerable patients (older, often with comorbidities), and quality improvement mission. Although VA facilities are often affiliated with universities, successful VA-academic research partnerships are sometimes elusive. The Continuous Improvement for Veterans in Care: Mood Disorders (CIVIC-MD) study was a partnership with a VA facility that had not been engaged in mood disorders research. This column describes how the partnership formed, key elements of its success, and challenges and opportunities to inform future research partnerships.