Seminars & Events of Interest

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020

    Recommendations for the Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis from the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Medicine

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  HERC Cost Effectiveness Analysis Course

    Speaker:  Douglas Owens, MD, MS

    Description:  Dr. Owens will summarize the main new recommendations about how to design and conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis based on guidelines from the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, released in the fall of 2016. In a major change from prior recommendations, the Second Panel recommends the use of two perspectives in cost-effectiveness analysis: the health care sector perspective and the societal perspective, including education and the criminal justice system. To aid in transparency, the Panel also recommends the use of public protocols that outline how an analysis will be conducted.

    Intended Audience:  This course is primarily designed for researchers who would like an introduction to methods of cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis as applied to health services and medicine.

    Register to attend Recommendations for the Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis from the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health and Medicine

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020

    An Overview on Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs

    Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Series:  QUERI Implementation Network

    Speaker:  Geoffrey Curran, PhD

    Description:  The presenters will provide an overview of “hybrid effectiveness-implementation” research designs. The presenters will provide rationale for their use, provide examples of strong designs across the hybrid design continuum, offer recommendations for design specifications, and provide a tool which assists in selecting a hybrid design based on previous findings and current understanding of implementation context.”

    Learning objectives:

    • Explain the benefits of using hybrid effectiveness-implementation designs.
    • Provide updated guidance on design specifications
    • Describe strong examples of hybrid effectiveness-implementation designs across the continuum (e.g., type 1, 2)
    • Discuss which type of hybrid effectiveness-implementation design is best suited to learners’ research endeavors

    Register to attend An Overview on Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020

    Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms - A New Treatment Option

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

    Speaker:  Kristine Rae Olmsted, MSPH

    Description:  Kristine will describe a recent randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) in treating symptoms of PTSD. Details of the study’s methodology will be presented, along with findings. In addition, illustrative quotations from study participants regarding the acceptability of SGB as a treatment for PTSD symptoms will be presented.

    Intended Audience: Physicians and behavioral health providers with an interest in the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

    Register to attend Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms - A New Treatment Option

  • Mon
    27
    Jan
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 1: How and what to cut: A primer on editing your own work

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Self-editing has been called “killing your darlings” because it’s difficult to edit your own writing. This session assimilates knowledge from books and courses into a primer on how to trim, where to begin, and why practice makes perfect.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 1: How and what to cut: A primer on editing your own work

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020

    An Overview of Decision Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Liam Rose, PhD

    Register to attend An Overview of Decision Analysis

  • Mon
    03
    Feb
    2020

    The Road to Cerner: An introduction to the VA's electronic health data migration journey

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  The Road to Cerner

    Speaker:  Maria Souden, PhD, MSI

    Register to attend The Road to Cerner: An introduction to the VA's electronic health data migration journey

  • Tue
    04
    Feb
    2020

    Internet-Based Pain Self-Management for Veterans: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of the Pain EASE Program

    Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Speaker:  Diana Higgins, PhD, MA, BA

    Register to attend Internet-Based Pain Self-Management for Veterans: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of the Pain EASE Program

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020

    Estimating the Cost of an Intervention

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend Estimating the Cost of an Intervention

  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020

    Enhancing Social Connectedness Among Veterans at High Risk for Suicide through Community Engagement

    Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Series:  HSR&D Career Development Award Enhancement Initiative

    Speaker:  Jason Chen, PhD

    Description:  This presentation will provide an overview of Dr. Chen’s VA HSR&D Career Development Award and preliminary findings. Dr. Chen’s project focuses on developing a novel, peer support-facilitated intervention for connecting recently psychiatrically hospitalized Veterans to community activities for decreasing suicide risk. He will present and discuss preliminary data from qualitative interviews with recently psychiatrically Veterans regarding their current needs and barriers to engaging in community activities.

    Intended Audience: Clinicians, researchers, operational stakeholders, and community members

    Register to attend Enhancing Social Connectedness Among Veterans at High Risk for Suicide through Community Engagement

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020

    Pharmaceutical Costs for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Mark Bounthavong, PhD, PharmD, MPH

    Register to attend VA Pharmacy Costs

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020

    Causes of Excess Mortality in Veterans Treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Series:  Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

    Speaker:  Jenna Forehand, MD MPH

    Description:  Veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk of death compared with the general population. Veterans with PTSD are twice as likely to die from suicide, accidental injury, and viral hepatitis than the general population. Veterans with PTSD are also more likely to die from diabetes and chronic liver disease than the general population. Veterans with PTSD, including young Veterans and women, are dying from largely preventable causes compared with the general population. Veterans with PTSD should receive comprehensive education on the benefits of diet and exercise, and the risks of chronic stress and substance use. Close follow-up, cross provider communication, and community integration may help bolster psychosocial support and bridge the gap between discharge and symptom relapse.

    Intended Audience: Providers, patients, and families

    Register to attend Causes of Excess Mortality in Veterans Treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020

    VINCI Data Services

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure

    Speaker:  Olga Efimova, MD, PhD; Steven Oostema, MS

    Description:  This presentation will focus on various support activities provided by VINCI Data Services to help facilitate the research process from conception to completion. VINCI Data Services Staff provides data support and education related to CDW/VINCI data needs, preparatory-to-research feasibility reports, clinical trial recruitment efforts, and other support.

    Intended Audience: This Cyberseminar will be designed to provide advanced training, information and support for VINCI users as well as the larger HSR&D research community.

    Register to attend VINCI Data Services

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020

    Accelerating Implementation of Virtual Care in VHA Practice: Think Tank Results

    Time:  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Series:  Timely Topics of Interest

    Speaker:  Hayden Bosworth, PhD; Allison Lewinski, PhD MPH; Oliver Massey; Carolyn Turvey, PhD

    Description:  A critical component of a learning healthcare system such as Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is adapting care delivery models to meet the needs of Veterans in the face of changing priorities and expectations for care. This Think Tank focused on the questions of how, and in what ways, to leverage VHA’s existing telehealth infrastructure, operations partners, and research knowledge to improve health care delivery using virtual care methods. In the Cyberseminar presenters will discuss ideas and results generated during the Think Tank on December 16th, 2019.

    Intended Audience: Stakeholders such as operations partners, clinicians, researchers, administration, and Veterans who design, implement, evaluate, or engage in virtual care.

    Register to attend Accelerating Implementation of Virtual Care in VHA Practice: Think Tank Results

  • Mon
    24
    Feb
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 2: Tips from experts on how (and how not) to write

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Innovative content is half your battle—the other half is polishing your story. Using tips gathered from a survey of experienced, successful grant writers and others, this session teaches how to make your ideas and writing shine.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 2: Tips from experts on how (and how not) to write

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2020

    VA Costs: HERC versus MCA

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Speaker:  Jean Yoon, PhD

    Register to attend VA Costs: HERC versus MCA

  • Wed
    26
    Feb
    2020
    Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020

    AAPM - American Academy of Pain 36th Annual Meeting

    Date:  February  26 - March 1, 2020

    Location:  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD, 20745

    Description:  Join AAPM for the must-attend pain medicine meeting of the year for all clinicians treating patients in pain.  Learn from leading experts in the field, network, and hear about the latest scientific and technical advancements in pain.

    Click here to register to attend the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020

    Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  VIReC Database and Methods Seminar

    Speaker:  Maria Souden, PhD, MSI and Jenifer Stelmack

    Description:  The VA Information Resource Center (VIReC) is a key resource for navigating VA's complex data environment. VA clinical care and operations, data stewards, and program offices make numerous data sources available for use in research, quality improvement, and evaluation projects. It can be challenging to know what data are available, navigate process for accessing these data, and comprehend their context and considerations for effective analyses. VIReC meets this challenge by developing and disseminating an array of resources for understanding and working with VA data as well as advocating for data user needs. This session provides an overview of VIReC activities, products, and services along with a tour of the Center’s websites and online resources. By the end of this session, users should be able to 1. Describe VIReC activities and value to the research & quality improvement communities. 2. Understand key VIReC product types and their use in supporting work with VA data. 3. Navigate VIReC’s web environments and locate VIReC resources online. 4. Know where to go for additional questions and customer service.

    Register to attend Meet VIReC: The Researcher's Guide to VA Data

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020

    Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Hazardous Opioid Use

    Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Series:  Spotlight on Pain Management

    Speaker:  Kevin Vowles, PhD

    Register to attend Integrated Treatment for Veterans with Chronic Pain and Hazardous Opioid Use

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020

    Medical Decision Making and Decision Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Jeremy Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD

    Register to attend Medical Decision Making and Decision Analysis

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020

    Introduction to Effectiveness, Patient Preferences, and Utilities

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Cost Effectiveness Analysis Course

    Speaker:  Josephine Jacobs, PhD

    Description:  Cost-effectiveness analysis measures the benefit or health outcome of an intervention in natural units (like a flu episode avoided) or in the quality-of-life improvement, defined by the quality-adjusted life year or QALY. This class will provide an introduction to the concepts of QALYs and preference measurement and will include a description of the most common techniques used for measuring QALYs in economic evaluations.

    Target audience: This course is primarily designed for researchers who would like an introduction to methods of cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis as applied to health services and medicine.

    Register to attend Introduction to Effectiveness, Patient Preferences, and Utilities

  • Mon
    23
    Mar
    2020

    Grant Writing, session 3: How to organize your writing for maximum impact

    Time:  1:00 PM  to 2:00 PM ET

    Series:  Communication Strategies for Health Services Researchers

    Speaker:  Christine Hartmann, PhD

    Description:  Organized writing is easy to digest and believe. This session teaches key concepts for organizing your writing. It uses examples and live interaction to teach how to create “cognitive ease” for your reader and elevate your writing to the next level.

    Intended Audience:  These sessions are designed to benefit everyone: emerging investigators, junior faculty, fellows, study staff, policy makers, administrators, experienced grant writers, etc. All are welcome to participate and share insights.

    Register to attend Grant Writing, session 3: How to organize your writing for maximum impact

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2020

    CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend CEA Alongside a Clinical Trial

  • Wed
    01
    Apr
    2020

    Budget Impact Analysis

    Time:  2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM ET

    Series:  HERC Health Economics Seminar

    Speaker:  Todd Wagner, PhD

    Register to attend Budget Impact Analysis

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2020
    Sat
    12
    Sep
    2020

    PAINWeek Conference - The National Conference on Pain for Frontline Practitioners

    Date:  September  8 - September 12, 2020

    Location:  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Description:  Pain week is the largest US pain conference for frontline clinicians with an interest in pain management.

    Description:  PAINWeek 2020 offers a multidisciplinary faculty and diverse curriculum in the following course concentrations: acute, behavioral, and interventional pain management; chronic pain syndromes; medical/legal issues; neurology; palliative care; and pharmacotherapy, along with over 30 Special Interest Sessions. Full-day programs will be presented by the American Headache Society, the International Pelvic Pain Society, and the International Myopain Society.

    Click here to register to attend the PAINWeek Conference.

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