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Respective Responsibilities for Research Network Directors. Jack Hetrick, MEd Network Director, VISN 10 Robert Petzel, MD Network Director, VISN 23 January 13 & 14, 2009. Network Directors’ Responsibilities Research Administrative Review.

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Respective Responsibilities for ResearchNetwork Directors

Jack Hetrick, MEd

Network Director, VISN 10

Robert Petzel, MD

Network Director, VISN 23

January 13 & 14, 2009


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Network Directors’ Responsibilities Research Administrative Review

  • Foster an institutional culture that supports the ethical conduct of research throughout the network


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Network Directors’ Responsibilities Research Administrative Review

  • Ensure adequate support for local research programs including, but not limited to:

    • Resources

    • Staff

    • Equipment

    • Infrastructure


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Network Directors’ Responsibilities Research Administrative Review

  • Ensure local facilities’ compliance with all VA and other Federal requirements for the conduct of research including, but not limited to:

    • Protection of human subjects

    • Animal welfare

    • Information security


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Models of Network Involvement in Research

  • Research Product Line

  • Network Research Group

  • Network Research Officer

  • Combination of the above


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Models of Network Involvement in Research1. Research Product Line

  • Advantages

    • Formal mechanism to ensure research activities are recognized as a network priority

    • Uniformity in research practices throughout the network

  • Implementation

    • Designate VISN-level individual to lead effort

    • Bring ACOS/R&D together regularly


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Models of Network Involvement in Research2. Network Research Group

  • Advantages

    • Formal mechanism to ensure research activities are recognized as a network priority

    • Uniformity in research practices throughout the network

    • Opportunity for network & local leadership to work directly with researchers

  • Implementation

    • Direct report to network Health Systems Committee

    • Chaired by researcher and quadrad member


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Models of Network Involvement in Research3. Network Research Officer

  • Advantages

    • Direct oversight of research practices throughout the network

    • Uniformity in research practices throughout the network

  • Implementation

    • Designate VISN-level individual with research background

    • Direct report to network director

    • Regular visits to local research programs

    • Network research training initiatives


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Examples of Successful Network Involvement in Research

  • Stimulating productive relationships between clinical and research services

    • Creating network projects (e.g., chronic disease)

    • Encouraging Centers of Excellence to look for research opportunities

  • Providing resources that benefit both clinical & research services (e.g., for recruitment of clinical investigators)


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