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Research & Services Partnerships: Lessons Learned Through a National Partnership Between Clinical Leaders and Researchers
JoAnn E. Kirchner, M.D.; Lisa K. Kearney, Ph.D.; Mona J. Ritchie, M.S.W.; Katherine M. Dollar, Ph.D.; Angela B. Swensen, M.S.W.; Mary Schohn, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201400054
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Dr. Kirchner and Ms. Ritchie are with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, Central Arkansas VA Healthcare System, North Little Rock, and with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (e-mail: joann.kirchner@va.gov). Dr. Kearney, Dr. Dollar, and Dr. Schohn are with the VA Office of Mental Health Operations, Washington, D.C. Dr. Kearney is also with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Ms. Swensen is with the Veterans Research and Education Foundation of Saint Louis (d.b.a. Vandeventer Place Research Foundation), St. Louis, Missouri. Lisa B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Hepburn, M.D., are editors of this column.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association


This column describes lessons learned by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and clinical operations managers while they were engaged in a unique partnership. In this partnership, researchers turned generalizable lessons from implementation research into actionable guidance for use by clinical managers in implementing health care system change. The lessons learned are reflections about the necessary foundations for partnering, the importance of relationships, the need for regular communication, and the need to recognize and adapt to partners’ timelines and time constraints.

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