|Veteran Engagement Forum|
|Oral and Poster Presentation|
This session offers extended time (3 hours) for researchers and program partners to discuss priorities, research opportunities, and challenges. The goal of the session should be to identify a subset of high-priority research questions that are amenable to research projects, and discussion of possible research designs to address them. The session should include an overview of ongoing current VA research in a particular area, a review of current program initiatives, and existing data systems. At least half of the session should be devoted to interactive activities (e.g., brainstorming, generation of action items). Submissions must include identification of at least one partner (preferably 2 operations partners from distinct VA clinical program offices) representing the research "customer," e.g., VACO program offices, VISN leadership, Veteran organizations, quality organizations, or others who has/have committed to attend and participate in the session. Accepted Forums will be required to provide to HSR&D a summary of the research recommendations developed during the session that includes specific information on how the research will help the operations partner/s achieve impacts on national policies or clinical performance goals. A VERY limited number of these sessions (3-5) will be accepted for presentation at the conference.
This session provides an opportunity for researchers to engage a panel of diverse Veteran stakeholders to discuss their research ideas, results, and/or dissemination strategies. Veteran panel participants will be identified for accepted sessions by the National Meeting planning committee. Forums are 90 minutes in duration, with 30 minutes of presentation time and 60 minutes for an interactive feedback session with the Veteran panel. Submissions must clearly identify the topic they will present at the Forum, where the project falls on the research continuum (e.g., developing aims, dissemination of results), and three to five questions to facilitate discussion. Accepted Forums will be required to provide to HSR&D a summary of the research recommendations developed during the session from the Veteran panel and identify how the researcher/s plans to incorporate these recommendations in their work. A limited number of these sessions will be accepted for presentation at the conference.
Workshops provide opportunities for attendees to gain new knowledge, skills, or expertise in a particular area relevant to health services researchers. Workshop content should be focused, substantive, and interactive (at least half of the session), including both large group discussion and smaller group work. Workshops are 90 minutes in duration. A workshop may have a maximum of three presenters.
There is a suggested combined 350-word limit for the abstract fields. That is, the total length of the abstract (Objectives + Activities + Target Audience, etc.) should not exceed 350 words. You may want to check the length of your abstract using "word count" in a word processing program before entering your information into the form.
Please note that individuals may submit a maximum of two first-authored abstracts in the oral/poster categories (i.e., 2 orals, 2 posters, 1 oral and 1 poster).
Oral Presentation. An oral presentation is focused on a single topic, and will be grouped with presentations on similar topics to comprise a session. The presenter is allotted approximately ten minutes to present, with five minutes at the end of each presentation for a question-and-answer exchange with the audience.
Poster. The poster session will host posters accompanied by their authors for an assigned period of time, usually 90 minutes. Posters report projects that can be readily summarized in graphical form, such as through tables, pictures, graphs, or other figures.
There is a suggested combined 350-word limit for the abstract fields. That is, the total length of the abstract (Objectives + Methods + Results, etc.) should not exceed 350 words. You may want to check the length of your abstract using "word count" in a word processing program before entering your information into the form.