When it comes to VA’s mission of caring for Veterans, the clinical work we do is only part of the fight. Behind the scenes, our Office of Research and Development (ORD) is constantly advancing the field of health care with research and technology that improves Veterans’ lives.
Their work is divided into four pillars that address the different phases of care. These phases go from research into the causes of disease all the way through to using new technologies and treatments.
Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development
Biomedical laboratory R&D work begins before a Veteran ever sets foot in one of our facilities.
Rather than address individual patient treatments, this service supports and conducts research to determine how Veterans are affected by conditions beyond their symptoms. In this service, you’ll explore molecular, genomic and physiological influences on diseases, such as inherited conditions or how collective exposures may have caused issues.
This service also works hard to attract extraordinary talent and people committed to advancing science and Veterans care. You’ll participate in efforts and investigations that aim to create broader understanding of the issues Veterans face and how that information can be translated to individual care.
Clinical Science Research and Development
Clinical science R&D applies theory to the direct care of Veterans. Help move ideas from scientific discovery to clinical application.
You’ll gather data from patients, study it through the scope of the treatments we currently provide and help improve the broader system of treatment. Participating in clinical studies, studying intervention programs and even exploring the effectiveness of a treatment all fall under the umbrella of this service.
Health Services Research and Development
Health services R&D includes all aspects of VA health care, with a focus on patient care, cost and quality. The main mission of this service is to identify, assess and quickly implement proven strategies that improve the quality and safety of Veterans care.
You can conduct collaborative research, exploring topics that remain critical for both Veterans and VA as a whole. Some of the studies conducted by this service have included ongoing efforts to address:
- Suicide prevention
- Opioid management
- Mental health
- Complex chronic diseases
- Health informatics
- Implementation science
Rehabilitation Research and Development
Rehabilitation R&D is focused on technology that gives Veterans back their independence. Play a part in improving the quality of life of Veterans with disabilities and test the outcomes of the research we do.
Develop rehabilitation research projects and evaluate the data you gather. From there, you can apply that information to developing technology that works for Veterans. Those results can then be expanded across VA, and you’ll know you changed lives in a real way.
Work at VA
Whether it’s in biomedicine, clinical sciences, health services or rehabilitation, VA researchers can change medical care not just for Veterans, but for patients around the world.