Over the course of my career I have often been frustrated with the gap between the research I was conducting and the clinical operations of the health care delivery systems with which I was affiliated. As a researcher I often lacked a full understanding of the decisions facing operational leaders and the evidence that would be useful to them. Operational leaders frequently seemed to find my work esoteric and irrelevant to the challenges they faced.
The opening plenary* at the recent HMO Research Network meeting was designed to address the topic of cooperation between research and clinical operations. Much of the discussion centered on how to integrate day-to-day clinical care with research that can improve such care. Comments from three of the speakers included how their organizations pursue this integration.
In one approach, clinical care processes are established based on available information. Researchers then develop studies based on their observations of... Read more