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Call for Reviewers

HSR&D is planning (pending meeting approval) a combined HSR&D/QUERI National Conference in 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."

We are seeking qualified health services and QUERI researchers with diverse training and substantive experience to review abstracts. If you are willing to serve as an Abstract Reviewer, please complete the form (below), indicating your areas of expertise.

Content Areas for abstract review include:

  • 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)


The call for abstracts has been released and the abstract submission form is available here. The deadline for electronic submission of abstracts is March 4, 2019. Abstracts will be dispersed electronically to the Abstract Reviewers by March 11. The deadline for review and electronic scoring of abstracts is March 25.


Every effort will be made to match abstract content with the interests and expertise of the Abstract Reviewer, while avoiding obvious conflicts of interest. Abstracts will be dispersed to the Abstract Reviewers electronically, and Abstract Reviewers will score abstracts and submit scores electronically.

Every abstract will be assigned to multiple reviewers who will each provide an overall score on a 7-point scale. The Abstract Review Committee will make final selections for presentation based mainly upon the average of the scores, but secondary considerations may also include balance across the Content Areas and resonance with the National Conference theme.


Please complete the fields on the sign-up form with your contact information and other information below:

  • Indicate whether you are willing to review only QUERI or only HSR&D abstracts, or both.
  • Picking a primary area of expertise is essential.
  • Use the two secondary fields to indicate other areas in which you also would be willing to review abstracts.
  • Finally, a comment field is available if you wish to further describe your expertise, or would like to leave a specific message for the Abstract Committee.

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