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Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Lindsey Ann Martin, a medical anthropologist from the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas discusses with Adam the role of ethnographic methods in the field of implementation science at the recent 2018 D&I conference in Washington, DC. In this podcast, Lindsey talks about how she is using ‘periodic reflections’, a method developed by Drs. Erin Finley (San Antonio VA) and Alison Hamilton (Greater Los Angeles VA), to evaluate a facilitation strategy to implement video telehealth to home (VTH) for rural Veterans. Lindsey describes how ‘periodic reflections’ help her document the ‘emic’ or insider perspectives of external facilitators as they work to overcome barriers and challenges to VTH implementation for the delivery of mental health care. The goal of her evaluation work is to improve our understanding of the VTH facilitation process, and tailor it to the needs of rural sites. Lindsey will be presenting on this work as part of an upcoming Cyberseminar ‘Ethnography as a Catalyst for Innovation in Implementation Science: Dynamic Methods for Complex Interventions’ on January 15 at 3pm EST.