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Understanding collaborative care implementation in the Department of Veterans Affairs: core functions and implementation challenges

BMC Health Services ResearchBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201717:691

Received: 26 January 2017

Accepted: 7 September 2017

Published: 10 October 2017

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Original Submission
26 Jan 2017 Submitted Original manuscript
22 May 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Mark Williams
6 Jun 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Richard Byng
7 Aug 2017 Author responded Author comments - Jessica Lipschitz
Resubmission - Version 2
7 Aug 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
16 Aug 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Mark Williams
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
7 Sep 2017 Editorially accepted
10 Oct 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12913-017-2601-9

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Authors’ Affiliations

Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, USA
Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, USA
Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University School of Public Health, College Station, USA
Central TX VA Healthcare System, VISN 17 Center for Research on Returning Veterans, Temple TX, USA
VA Office of Primary Care Services, Ann Arbor, USA
Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Health, Law, Policy and Management, Boston, USA
University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine, Ann Arbor, USA
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, USA