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Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study.

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Pomernacki, A; Carney, DV; Kimerling, R; Nazarian, D; Blakeney, J; Martin, BD; Strehlow, H; Yosef, J; Goldstein, KM; Sadler, AG; Bastian, LA ...
Published in: J Am Board Fam Med
2015

BACKGROUND: The Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-Based Research Network (WH-PBRN) was created to foster innovations for the health care of women veterans. The inaugural study by the WH-PBRN was designed to identify women veterans' own priorities and preferences for mental health services and to inform refinements to WH-PBRN operational procedures. Addressing the latter, this article reports lessons learned from the inaugural study. METHODS: WH-PBRN site coordinators at the 4 participating sites convened weekly with the study coordinator and the WH-PBRN program manager to address logistical issues and identify lessons learned. Findings were categorized into a matrix of challenges and facilitators related to key study elements. RESULTS: Challenges to the conduct of PBRN-based research included tracking of regulatory documents; cross-site variability in some regulatory processes; and troubleshooting logistics of clinic-based recruitment. Facilitators included a central institutional review board, strong relationships between WH-PBRN research teams and women's health clinic teams, and the perception that women want to help other women veterans. CONCLUSION: Our experience with the inaugural WH-PBRN study demonstrated the feasibility of establishing productive relationships between local clinicians and researchers, and of recruiting a special population (women veterans) in diverse sites within an integrated health care system. This identified strengths of a PBRN approach.

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J Am Board Fam Med

DOI

EISSN

1558-7118

Publication Date

2015

Volume

28

Issue

5

Start / End Page

649 / 657

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Women's Health
  • Veterans Health
  • Veterans
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States
  • Primary Health Care
  • Perception
  • Mental Health Services
  • Humans
  • General & Internal Medicine
 

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Pomernacki, A., Carney, D. V., Kimerling, R., Nazarian, D., Blakeney, J., Martin, B. D., … Frayne, S. M. (2015). Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study. J Am Board Fam Med, 28(5), 649–657. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2015.05.150029
Pomernacki, Alyssa, Diane V. Carney, Rachel Kimerling, Deborah Nazarian, Jill Blakeney, Brittany D. Martin, Holly Strehlow, et al. “Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study.J Am Board Fam Med 28, no. 5 (2015): 649–57. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2015.05.150029.
Pomernacki A, Carney DV, Kimerling R, Nazarian D, Blakeney J, Martin BD, et al. Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015;28(5):649–57.
Pomernacki, Alyssa, et al. “Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study.J Am Board Fam Med, vol. 28, no. 5, 2015, pp. 649–57. Pubmed, doi:10.3122/jabfm.2015.05.150029.
Pomernacki A, Carney DV, Kimerling R, Nazarian D, Blakeney J, Martin BD, Strehlow H, Yosef J, Goldstein KM, Sadler AG, Bean-Mayberry BA, Bastian LA, Bucossi MM, McLean C, Sonnicksen S, Klap R, Yano EM, Frayne SM. Lessons from Initiating the First Veterans Health Administration (VA) Women's Health Practice-based Research Network (WH-PBRN) Study. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015;28(5):649–657.

Published In

J Am Board Fam Med

DOI

EISSN

1558-7118

Publication Date

2015

Volume

28

Issue

5

Start / End Page

649 / 657

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Women's Health
  • Veterans Health
  • Veterans
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States
  • Primary Health Care
  • Perception
  • Mental Health Services
  • Humans
  • General & Internal Medicine