, Volume 25, Issue 1 Supplement, pp 77-78
Date: 15 Jan 2010

What Can the VA Teach Us About Implementing Proven Advances into Routine Clinical Practice?

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The annual budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now exceeds $30 billion.1 Health research spending by other federal agencies, including the Veterans Health Administration (VA), National Center for Health Statistics, the Department of Defense and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) totals additional billions. Policymakers and the public are increasingly interested in ensuring that this enormous investment translates into improved health. This is reflected in the emphasis on translation in the NIH’s flagship Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) grant program, which asks applicant institutions to train scientists in translational research, develop methods for research translation and create an “integrated academic home” for translational researchers.2 This translation includes both using basic science discoveries to generate effective treatments and moving effective treatments from research settings into routine community practice.

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