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HCUP's 2015 Outstanding Article of the Year Awards
AHRQ and AcademyHealth will honor researchers who published innovative articles in 2015 using HCUP databases at the 2016 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 26-28.
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 2015 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 open Friday, February 19, 2016 - Friday, March 18, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. EDT.

2016 represents the sixth 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 six 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.


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 outlined below in the Article Criteria section
Application material should be e-mailed to by Friday, March 18, 2016, with the subject line "Outstanding Article of the Year Nomination."

See below for Application Materials.

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All nominations must have used HCUP data and been published in a peer-reviewed journal during the 2015 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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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, Exit Disclaimer which will be held June 26-28 in Boston, Massachusetts. Travel reimbursement will be provided by AcademyHealth 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 certificate.

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Internet Citation: HCUP's 2015 Outstanding Article of the Year Awards. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). February 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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