COPRH Learning Community

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View monthly webinars from ACCORDS faculty on various pragmatic research methods.

Welcome to The Pragmatic Scientist, a new science blog for the Colorado Pragmatic Research in Health (COPRH) learning community. 

In August 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) held the first national COPRH conference (or “COPRH Con”). The conference was held virtually over two days, and maintains a publicly accessible platform of the archived content. One of the goals of COPRH Con is to establish a virtual learning community (VLC) of scholars from across the United States - and ultimately internationally - to build a culture and enhance the science of pragmatic research in health

Even before COVID-19, our plan was to innovate development of a pragmatic science learning community that would operate virtually. We would engage both synchronously and asynchronously using a variety of web-based platforms and incorporating adult learning principles. This blog is one component of the COPRH VLC. The COPRH Conference itself,
monthly pragmatic research webinars, and interactive pragmatic research guidance materials (such as our COPRH Pragmatic Research Planning Workbook) are also key COPRH VLC components. We will explore together what is needed to support scholars and achieve pragmatic research goals. We invite any and all scholars involved in health research to participate in this exploration. Scholars can include those with formal academic appointments and credentials, community members engaged as stakeholders and advocates in health research, and any others working in non-profit, government, and/or private healthcare or policy research institutes. Clinical, translational, health services, and public health research is all welcome.


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2. Ford I, Norrie J. Pragmatic trials. New England journal of medicine. 2016;375(5):454-463.[Pubmed Link]
3. Mullins CD, Whicher D, Reese ES, Tunis S. Generating evidence for comparative effectiveness research using more pragmatic randomized controlled trials. Pharmacoeconomics. 2010;28(10):969-976. [Pubmed Link]
4. Loudon K, Treweek S, Sullivan F, Donnan P, Thorpe KE, Zwarenstein M. The PRECIS-2 tool: designing trials that are fit for purpose. bmj. 2015;350:h2147. [Pubmed Link]
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7. Riley WT, Glasgow RE, Etheredge L, Abernethy AP. Rapid, responsive, relevant (R3) research: a call for a rapid learning health research enterprise. Clinical and translational medicine. 2013;2(1):10. [Pubmed Link]
8. Kessler R, Glasgow RE. A proposal to speed translation of healthcare research into practice: dramatic change is needed. American journal of preventive medicine. 2011;40(6):637-644. [Pubmed Link]

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