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Full-Day Seminar

Essentials of Embedded Pragmatic Clinical Trials

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis (M3), Room: Shaw 

Supported by Duke Clinical Research Institute, Coordinating Center for the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory

This workshop introduces concepts in the design, conduct, and implementation of embedded pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs), with a particular focus on methods relevant to health services researchers. ePCTs are randomized trials conducted within health care systems and use streamlined procedures and existing infrastructure to answer important medical questions for patients, providers, and health system leaders. Such trials have the potential to inform policy and practice with broadly generalizable, high-quality evidence at lower cost and greater efficiency compared with traditional explanatory clinical trials. The workshop will provide an introduction to the investigative opportunities for embedded health systems research, along with strategies for conducting clinical trials that provide real-world evidence necessary to inform both practice and policy. Firsthand ePCT experiences and case studies from the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Demonstration Projects will support and illustrate the topics presented.

Learning Objectives

  1. To clarify the definition of ePCTs and explain their utility.
  2. To introduce attendees to the unique characteristics and challenges of designing, conducting, and implementing ePCTs within diverse health care systems. 
  3. To increase the capacity of health services researchers to address important clinical questions with ePCTs.


Read faculty bios.

  • Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D., M.A.
    Medical Officer, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
  • Laura M Dember, M.D.
    Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Susan Huang, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor of Medicine, University of California Irvine School of Medicine
  • Julie Kaneshiro, M.A.
    Deputy Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
  • Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
    Director of NCCIH’s Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs (OCRA), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH
  • Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Vincent Mor, Ph.D.
    Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Community Health, Brown University School of Public Health
  • David M. Murray, Ph.D.
    Associate Director, Office of Disease Prevention, NIH
  • Wynne E. Norton, Ph.D.
    Program Director, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • Emily O’Brien, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Marcel Salive M.D., M.P.H.
    Health Scientist Administrator, National Institute on Aging, NIH
  • Leah Tuzzio, M.P.H
    Research Associate, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
  • Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Chief, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, NIH
  • Kevin Weinfurt, Ph.D.
    Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Duke University School of Medicine

Half-Day Seminars

Extending Your Reach: Building a Basic Communications Plan to Disseminate Your Work

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Marriott Marquis (M3), Room: Dupont Circle

Led by members of AcademyHealth’s communications team, this highly interactive workshop will present fundamental concepts of communications planning while walking participants through the practical application of those concepts to their own work. Registrants should bring an abstract or short description of their research from which to begin building their own communications plans during the workshop.

Upon completion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic components of a communication and dissemination plan
  • Learn how to identify and engage key audiences
  • Explore the role and use of traditional and non-traditional venues for publication and dissemination


  • Kristin Rosengren, Vice President of Strategic Communications
  • Lauren Adams, M.A., Director of Communications and Public Relations
  • Zenneia McLendon, Digital Strategy Manager

Seminar Difficulty: Introductory

Methods Workshop: Addressing Real-World Challenges in Evaluation of Complex Interventions in Learning Health Systems

Organized by the AcademyHealth Methods and Data Council
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Marriott Marquis (M3), Room: Union Station

This AcademyHealth Methods Council Pre-Conference Workshop allows health services researchers and practitioners the opportunity to submit and discuss specific challenges they see in the Learning Health Systems, specifically with respect to design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to improve quality, outcomes and/or costs. An expert panel will discuss best practices in these areas, tailoring the discussion based on “challenge cases” submitted by attendees at the time of registration. Together, workshop attendees will discuss lessons learned in a diversity of learning health systems.

Useful to anyone interested or working in the design, implementation, and evaluating of Learning Health Systems. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define Learning Health Systems;
  • Understand the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating Learning Health Systems, strategies; and
  • Apply knowledge to a topical case study.


  • Speaker Panel opens by discussing selected “challenge cases” submitted by attendees.
  • Following the panel discussion, tables will engage in their own discussions, each anchored in a “challenge case” submitted by one of the table participants (selected in advance). Thus, each table is working/brainstorming to address that challenge and explore generalizable approaches to solutions.
  • Following the breakout discussions, each table shares with the full group with feedback from expert panel.


  • Barbara Bokhour, Ph.D
    Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.
    Senior Scholar in Residence, AcademyHealth
  • Laura Esmail, Ph.D., M.Sc.
    Senior Program Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Charles Friedman, Ph.D.
    Department Chair of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Benson Hsu, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP
    Chief Medical Analytics Officer, Sanford Health
  • Hal Luft, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Brian Mittman, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Lucy Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Director, Center for Health Research, Northwest & Hawaii, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
  • Nilay Shah, Ph.D.
    Consultant, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic
  • Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP
    President and Chief Executive Officer, AcademyHealth
  • Peter Veazie, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Neil Weissman, M.D., FACC, FASE
    Chief Scientific Officer, MedStar Health 

Challenge Case Authors:

  • Elizabeth Austin, M.P.H.
    Research Scientist, Surgical Outcomes Research Center
  • Kim Brunisholz, Dr.P.H.
    Delivery System Science Fellow, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Laura Damschroder, M.P.H., M.S.
    Research Investogator, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research
  • Sharon Rikin, M.D., M.S.
    Director of Ambulatory Quality Improvement, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Jason Scott, M.P.H., M.P.P.
    Learning Health System Program Director, Kaiser Permanente


Understanding and Analyzing Health Care Data-the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) & National Hospital Ambulatory Medical care Survey (NHAMCS)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Marriott Marquis (M3), Room: Mount Vernon Square

Seminar is full. We are no longer accepting registrations

The overall goal of the workshop is to provide a general overview of two records-based surveys of ambulatory medical care, the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). The NAMCS collects data on physician office visits and community health center visits, while the NHAMCS collects data on hospital outpatient and emergency department visits.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Provide the necessary background needed to understand caveats when analyzing NAMCS/NHAMCS data. 
  • Provide hands-on SAS and Stata exercise examples to create datasets and conduct common basic and advanced analyses.


  • Akintunde AkinseyeM.S.P.H., Survey Statistician,
    CDC, National Center for Health Statistic - Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch
  • Brian W. Ward, Ph.D., Team Lead/Health Statistician
    National Center for Health Statistic - Ambulatory and Hospital Care Statistics Branch

Seminar Difficulty: Introductory

An Overview and Workshop on Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Marriott Marquis (M3), Room: Judiciary Square

The presenters will provide an overview of “hybrid effectiveness-implementation” research designs. The presenters will review current trends in the use of these designs, provide examples of strong designs across the hybrid design continuum, and offer recommendations for design specifications, outcome measurement, and reporting. Attendees will be invited to share their proposal ideas have them worked on in small groups.  


  • Geoffrey M. Curran, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Psychiatry
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Sara J. Landes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • J.D. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Seminar Difficulty: Intermediate