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Veteran Research Engagement Panel (VetREP)

Our Mission

The mission of the Veteran Research Engagement Panel is to promote patient-centered research and to translate VHA research into practice and community settings.

Our Work

The VetREP collaborates with VA researchers to improve research related to Veterans’ health and health care by:

  • Providing feedback on new and ongoing research and evaluation of projects involving Veterans and consisting of:
  • Setting research priorities and developing research questions
  • Designing research studies (e.g., recruitment approach, perceived feasibility of intervention, selection of outcomes that are important to Veterans)
  • Creating, reviewing, and providing feedback on research materials (e.g., focus group guides, print materials, surveys)
  • Providing advice on the use of study results, including the interpretation and dissemination of research findings
  • Supporting the role of health services research at the VA and in the community

Words from Our Panel Members

The Little Panel that Could by Karee White

Words from Investigators

"Multiple adjustments were made to proposed protocol based on ideas from the VetREP committee. Received a great first submission score on my PPO (206) [grant application]." – Dr. Karen Goldstein, Principal Investigator, Heart Health Buddies

"You helped us craft a letter explaining the study results which we subsequently sent to our Veteran volunteers."  – Dr. Eugene Oddone, Principal Investigator, ACTIVATE

"I cannot thank the VetREP group enough for providing such wonderful feedback for our letter.  We deeply appreciate the commitment that this group has for our Veterans and for the time committed to improving this process for us."  – Dr. Jennifer Naylor

Questions or Inquiries

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