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HSR&D/QUERI National Conference 2019

Call for Abstracts (ARCHIVE)
Abstracts are due March 4, 2019

HSR&D is planning (pending meeting approval) a combined HSR&D/QUERI National Conference in late June or late July 2019 in the metro DC or Baltimore area (dates/location are tentative) to include approximately 600 participants. The meeting will be co-hosted by two HSR&D Centers of Innovation: the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt), located in Houston, and the Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center, located in West Haven. The 2019 conference theme is "Innovation to Impact: Research to Advance VA's Learning Healthcare Community."

Individuals who are engaged in health services research focused on improving the health and health care of Veterans are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at this conference in one of the subject areas below.

» Health Services Methods

  • Implementation Science/Provider Behavior
  • Complexity Science/Health Systems Engineering
  • Data/Measurement Science
  • Veteran Engagement Measurement & Outcomes

» Health Services Research Priorities

  • Suicide Prevention
  • Access to Care
  • Opioids/Pain
  • Mental Health/PTSD
  • Women's Health
  • Health Care Value
  • Primary Care Practice/Management of Complex Chronic Conditions
  • Disability/Spinal Cord injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Long-term Care/Aging
  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Equity
  • Quality/Safety
  • Population Health/Whole Health
  • Virtual Care/Telehealth
  • Veteran Engagement

» Health Policy and Legislation impacting VA (e.g., MISSION Act, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act)

Selection criteria include quality, timeliness, and relevance to the conference theme and VA mission. View detailed abstract submission requirements.

The meeting will accommodate the following five formats, each requiring a different type of preparation and form of presentation. Individuals submitting abstracts will be asked to indicate their preference for presentation format, but final decisions will be made by the Review Committee.

1. Partnership Forum. 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.

2. Veteran Engagement Forum. 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 plan to incorporate these recommendations in their work. A limited number of these sessions will be accepted for presentation at the conference.

3. Workshop. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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). Abstracts in the workshop/oral/poster categories will be evaluated by expert reviewers who will be blinded to authors' identities. Partnership and Veteran Forums will be evaluated by HSR&D Central Office and the meeting/abstract co-chairs. Abstracts with the highest scores and greatest relevance to the meeting theme will be selected. All decisions regarding abstracts will be made by the Review Committee and will be final. Authors will be notified of decisions by April 22, 2019.

For Partnership and Veteran Forums, travel funds will be provided for the moderator and all panelists/presenters (limit 5 people in total). For workshops, travel funds will be provided for all 3 presenters. For posters and oral presentations, travel funds will be provided for the lead presenter of each accepted abstract (as identified during the submission process).

For questions concerning content or processing of abstract submissions, please contact