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HCUP's Outstanding Article of the Year Awards
AHRQ and AcademyHealth will honor researchers who published innovative articles in 2014 using HCUP databases at the 2015 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 14-16.
 
 
Call for Nominations - HCUP's Outstanding Article of the Year Awards

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and AcademyHealth will recognize researchers published in peer-reviewed journals in 2014 that used HCUP databases to explore and address health care research topics and issues. Work honored will demonstrate how HCUP has contributed to these areas.

The call for nominations is now open and will close on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. EDT. Please send the completed application form and additional material listed below to HCUP@ahrq.gov. Up to three awards will be given.

2015 represents the fifth annual HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Since 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has recognized exceptional research conducted using the HCUP databases in the clinical and health policy arenas. This research continues to enhance the public conversation about health care costs, outcomes, and trends. Over the past five years, the Award has grown into a distinguished honor among health services researchers with a variety of clinical insights, economic interests, and policy backgrounds. AHRQ is proud of the important work being done with HCUP data, and is excited to see what researchers nominate for this year's Award.

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All nominations must have used HCUP data and been published in a peer-reviewed journal during the 2014 calendar year and demonstrate that their work excels in these core criteria:
  • Important or timely research topic relative to the author's field of research
  • Outstanding quality of research
  • Implication for application in future practice and/or research
  • Innovative and inspiring perspective on health, the health care field, public health policy or research
Articles may be on any subject that can be investigated using HCUP data. Topic examples include:
  • Clinical innovations and/or medical practice enhancements
  • Advancements in the understanding of a condition or procedure
  • New or alternative research design approaches in viewing outcomes
  • Contributions to understanding the health services field through data linkages or enhancements
  • Characteristics of a health care market or the U.S. health care system
  • Identification of health care practices (or changes in practices and behavior) within or across a population
  • Impact of changes in health care behavior or policy
  • Improvements on the understanding of health care policy initiatives
  • Demonstrations of how research can be translated in to policy practice

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Researchers may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual (e.g., a colleague of the author or authors) and should provide the following information:
  • A completed application form with the names of all candidates, affiliations, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses
  • A copy, citation, or link to the work that includes HCUP in its analysis
  • A 1-page description of how the work excels in the core criteria described above
Application material should be e-mailed to HCUP@ahrq.gov by Friday, March 20, 2015, with the subject line "Outstanding Article of the Year Nomination."

See below for Application Materials.

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Recognition recipients will be notified by Monday, May 4, 2015. Up to three candidates will be chosen to receive the award.

All applications will be reviewed by an HCUP Award Committee. Award recipients will be chosen based on the criteria outlined above.

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Awards will be presented at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting, which will be held June 14-16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Travel reimbursement will be provided for the lead authors. While they will not receive travel and board, secondary authors, as well as the lead author, will be recognized with a plaque.

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Internet Citation: HCUP's Outstanding Article of the Year Awards. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). February 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/awards.jsp.
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