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HSRProj staff with the winners of the 2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students at the 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C.


Since 2017, AcademyHealth and the National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) host the annual HSRProj Research Competition for undergraduate and graduate students. This competition invites students to use data from the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database in conjunction with other sources to identify research gaps in health services and systems research.

Goals of the Student Research Competition

Students participating in the HSRProj Student Research Competition examine the current scope of health services and systems research that investigates topics in population health and social determinants of health.  

Using the HSRProj database as a starting point, augmented by other data sources of their own choosing, students must analyze and identify a significant research gap in the field of health services research (or an under-represented topic in HSRProj).  

2019 Winner

Do We Really Know the Economic Burden of Multimorbidity?: A View from an Indirect Cost Perspective

Jayeshkumar Patel, Nazneen Shaikh, Rowida Mohamed 
West Virginia University, School of Pharmacy

View the PowerPoint presentation here.

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order by 1st author)

Identifying Gaps in Patient-Centered Research of Justice Involved Populations

aylor Bucy, Rebecca Brookes 
Oregon Health & Science University-Portland State University, School of Public Health

View the PowerPoint presentation here. 


Dental Caries: An Underappreciated, Preventable Infection

Kevin Flores, Joseph Geiger 
New York University, School of Dentistry 

View the PowerPoint presentation here. 

Measuring Price Transparency in Hospital Settings: A Systematic Review

Chibuzo Iloabuchi, Mona Nili, Yves Paul Mbous 
West Virginia University, School of Pharmacy

View the PowerPoint presentation here. 


A Gap Analysis in the Use of Synthetic Controls in HSRProj Research Database

Brendan Jackson-Fowl, Ranjodh Singh, Eric Basile 
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine 

View the PowerPoint presentation here. 

2018 Winner

Validating Population-Level Data Sources for Social Determinants of Health: A Three-Part Research Gap Analysis

Julia Burgdorf, Sarah Gensheimer, and Zachary Predmore
Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Students investigated projects in the HSRProj database that validate population-level data sources against patient-reported data sources for predicting patient-level outcomes.

View the PowerPoint presentation here. 

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order by 1st author)

Bridging the Gap in the Most Fragmented Part of Healthcare Using HIE

Sajjad Abedian
Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research

This project explores the existing research gap in rural medicine regarding Health Information Technology and IT and Health Information Exchange in rural communities.

View the PowerPoint presentation here.


Where are the Health Services Research Opportunities? A Big Data Analysis with HSRProj

Yuegi Hu, Riyi Qiu, Yunpeng Zhao
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Florida, respectively

This project investigates unmet medical needs and indientifies future research opportunities as indicated by HSRProj holdings via a Research Opportunity Index (ROI).

View the PowerPoint presentation here.


Gaps in Health Services Research on Genetic Testing Applications

Hadley Stevens Smith
The University Of Texas School Of Public Health

This project aims to identify potential gaps in HSR related to genetics through comparison of HSR evaluation of genetic test and service implementation to the availability of clinical genetic tests.

View the PowerPoint presentation here.


Identify potential research gaps related to trauma in aged/geriatric participants

Abdul Tawab Kawa Saljuqi, M.D., M.P.H., Karen Lutrick, M.S., Patrick Rivers, M.P.P.
The University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health

Students identify potential research gaps related to trauma in aged/geriatric participants.

View the PowerPoint presentation here.


2017 Winner

Underrepresentation of Health Information Technology Studies in the Context of Accountable Care Organizations: An Exploration of HSRProj

Robin Danek, Nate Apathy, and Casey Balio

Robin Danek, Nate Apathy, and Casey Balio from Indiana University’s Fairbanks School of Public Health present findings on research projects studying accountable care organizations (ACOs). Using the HSRProj April 2017 file, the team found a gap in ACO-related projects focusing on empirical evaluation of health information technology (IT) within ACOs. Health IT has been widely cited as important to the success of ACOs in terms of quality improvement, population health outcomes, and cost containment. The team proposes the creation of a novel data set to fill this gap in the study of health IT in the context of ACOs.

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order by 1st author)

Absence of Studies on Retail Clinic Chronic Disease Care

Elizabeth Danielson

Since 2015 retail health clinics have been expanding their services to include the treatment of chronic conditions. Despite calls to action, including one from the American College of Physicians in 2015, to investigate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of chronic disease management, these questions remain unanswered (1).

1. Daniel, Hilary, and Shari Erickson. "Retail Health Clinics: A Policy Position Paper from the American College of PhysiciansACP Policy Position Paper on Retail Health Clinics." Annals of internal medicine 163, no. 11 (2015): 869-870.

Emergent Trends in Research to Increase Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials by Underrepresented Populations: A Qualitative Analysis of the HSRProj Database

Lynette Hammond Gerido

Lynette Hammond Gerido, a doctoral student at Florida State University's iSchool, presents a qualitative analysis of the HSRProj database for disparities in cancer clinical trials participation research.

A Review of the HSRProj Database to Identify Gaps in Research on Patients Experiencing Homelessness

Elizabeth Golembiewski

Elizabeth Golembiewski, a doctoral student at Indiana University, presents a review of past and present funded health services research to identify temporal, geographical, and topical trends and areas for further study in research on patients experiencing homelessness.

Effect of Integrating Pharmacogenetic Testing in Buprenorphine Management on Treatment Outcomes for African American Patients

Adaku Ofoegbu, Kevin Nguyen, and Iman Ahmed

Adaku Ofoegbu, Ph.D student, Kevin Nguyen, and Iman Ahmed, doctoral students at Howard University, present findings on their research on whether there is a gap in funded projects that integrate pharmacogenetic testing into buprenorphine management. The team proposes that the gaps in this research be addressed by conducting a cohort study in African American patients comparing buprenorphine management standard of care versus guided by pharmacogenetic testing.

If there are any questions, contact AcademyHealth HSRProj staff at hsrproj@academyhealth.org.


About HSRProj

HSRProj is an openly accessible, searchable database of information on ongoing and recently completed health services, systems, and policy research projects. HSRProj provides a snapshot of who is funding and conducting cutting-edge research, highlighting newly funded projects long before their final results are published. HSRProj reflects investments in HSR from the 1990s to the present. Its full-data download feature readily supports qualitative and quantitative analysis of trends and gaps in the focus, funders, and infrastructure of U.S. health services and systems research. 

To learn more about NLM's resources for health services research and technology assessment, visit the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology web site or call the NLM Customer Service team at 1-888-346-3636.

HSRProj is a joint effort of AcademyHealth and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.