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The Department of Veterans Affairs is a leader in the nation’s health research. The Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC) is pleased to play a part in the VA’s research program. CHIC conducts health services research, which means we look to improve the delivery of healthcare to Veterans. Our team focuses on stroke care, communication between providers and between provider and patient, pain, mental health care, cancer, computer solutions and patient safety.

Why do we do research studies? Research studies are important because they can help provide an organized way to learn about a specific problem and can provide a better understanding about which health care services are effective and efficient.

No one can predict the exact outcome of a research study, and you may or may not see a direct benefit to your health or health condition if you take part in a research study – but your participation does matter. Our research volunteers are an essential part of our studies. A list of studies currently seeking volunteers is below.


Stroke Related Studies
- Stroke Self-Management: Effect on Function and Stroke Quality of Life

Pain Related Studies
- Evaluation of a Peer Coach-Led Intervention to Improve Pain Symptoms (ECLIPSE)
- Pain Outcomes Comparing Yoga Versus Structured Exercise (POYSE)
- Trial Outcomes for Massage: Caregiver-Assisted vs. Therapist Treated (TOMCATT)

Cancer Related Studies
- Colonoscopy vs. Fecal Immunochemical Testing in Reducing Mortality from Colorectal Cancer (CONFIRM)

TBI Related Studies

- Telephone Assessment and Skill-Building Intervention for Informal Caregivers

Service Related Studies
- Regional Data Exchange to Improve Care for Veterans after non-VA Hospitalization
- Functional Outcome Assessment after Hospitalization


Interested in volunteering in research with our center? Contact us!

Veterans interested in VA Employment should visit VA Jobs.