September 11, 2019: Deadline Extended for Special Supplement Seeking Papers on Embedded Research


The submission deadline has been extended to October 28, 2019, for a special supplement on embedded health services research in Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, the partner journal of AcademyHealth. Embedded research is a critical part of the learning health system in mining and analyzing health system data to improve patient care while also providing generalizable findings to transform the health care system at large.

This special supplement is being supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development and will be published in March 2020. It is expected to feature 10-12 peer-reviewed articles. Ultimately, the supplement will be a resource for those aiming to improve the relevance and use of health research to improve patient care.

For details on relevant topics and how to submit your paper online, visit the journal’s special issue page.

June 11, 2019: NIH Collaboratory Hosts Daylong ePCT Seminar at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

AcademyHealthNearly 50 researchers attended a preconference seminar at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington, DC, to learn the essentials of embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs). The full-day seminar, offered by the NIH Collaboratory in partnership with AcademyHealth, introduced attendees to concepts in the design, conduct, and implementation of ePCTs, with a particular focus on methods relevant to health services researchers.

Investigators from the NIH Collaboratory Coordinating Center, Core Working Groups, and Demonstration Projects, along with officials from the NIH and the Office of Human Research Protections, led attendees through a dozen modules. Topics included considerations in the design and implementation of ePCTs, engaging with health system partners and other stakeholders, case studies from the NIH Collaboratory Demonstration Projects, and more.

“As the Collaboratory continues to generate evidence and develop new approaches, seminars like this one allow us to pass that knowledge on to new audiences of investigators and extend its reach and impact,” said Dr. Kevin Weinfurt, a co–principal investigator of the NIH Collaboratory Coordinating Center who led the seminar.

The preconference seminar was a condensed version of a 2-day training workshop offered by the NIH Collaboratory in February 2018. Access the full set of training resources in the Living Textbook.

Mobile Health (mHealth) and PROs

As the use of PROs in both research and routine patient care has grown, so has the use of mobile technologies (such as smartphones, tablet computers, and portable or wearable medical devices). These technologies, known collectively as “mobile health” AcademyHealth logoor “mHealth” devices present a wide array of challenges and opportunities for medical research. The links below provide access to a series of short video segments on mHealth technologies that were adapted from a larger web seminar sponsored by AcademyHealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and used here with kind permission from AcademyHealth: