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Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)


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With a mission to conduct research that empowers Veterans to improve their health by bolstering active participation in care, CIVIC investigators focus on two integrated areas:

  1. Veteran-Centric Mental Health Care aims to improve Veteran experiences with VA mental health care services in an effort to increase Veteran involvement in treatment. In this area, investigators focus on optimizing Veteran-clinician communication and collaboration, self-management, access to services, and continuity of care.   
  2. Strategies to Enhance Veteran-Clinician Collaboration seeks to examine Veteran and clinician perceptions of VA care and to understand how these perceptions affect patient-provider interactions and decision-making.

CIVIC investigators endeavor to develop, test, and implement innovative approaches to promote healthy behaviors and engagement in care among Veterans. To this end, their research projects identify Veteran goals as well as the facilitators and barriers relevant to mental health, recovery, and involvement in treatment. 


Steven K. Dobscha, MD
CIVIC Director
Portland VA Medical Center
503-220-8262 Ext. 52207