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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Research Core

Updated: 16 June 2016

Overview on Research

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Suicide prevention research takes place on a continuum from understanding to screening & assessment to treatment. Rocky Mountain MIRECC is engaged in over 50 research projects at any given moment. This section will show some representative research along the continuum below:

Research is not a sequential process but one that is at time additive and at other times innovative.

 

See the current Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention research projects.

Research Phase: Understand

This phase includes Foundational Science, Epidemiology and Etiology (note that there is overlap between phases).
Foundational Science can be thought of as that discovery phase, the starting point of exploring scientific ideas.
Epidemiology is the work of describing a population; the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease.
And Etiology is the biological, psychosocial and environmental causes associated with a disease of condition.

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Research Phase: Screen/Assessment

After the initial phase we can build on our understanding and begin to explore Prevention & Screening and Treatment.
Prevention and Screening includes population and selective interventions that focus on the prevention of a disease or condition; this also includes studies that explore screening measurements and assessment tools to identify a disease or condition.
Treatment studies are designed to test how well a specific intervention works with a specific population or group.

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Research Phase: Treatment

The third phase is Treatment, again, note the overlapping nature of research. Areas in this phase include Treatment, Follow-up Care and Services Research.
Follow-up Care looks at how well the treatment works over extended periods of time and the potential side-effects.
Services Research focus on the delivery of care and how well the treatment as been implemented.

See the current Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention research projects.