The Colorado Pragmatic Research in Health Conference 2021: Implementation and Conduct of Pragmatic Research
By Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPHBethany Kwan | School of Medicine - ACCORDS Feb 5, 2021
This month we are highlighting the agenda for the second annual “COPRH Con.” The theme for this year is Implementation and Conduct of Pragmatic Research: Ensuring Rigor and Relevance in Practice. See last month’s post for a discussion of the need for balance in research rigor and relevance to the intended context.
In 2020, we experienced in so many ways how our best laid plans were thwarted by unforeseeable circumstances. But we adapted to the changing context, coped with public health restrictions, and came up with new ways of working, living, socializing, and learning - some of which may become the new normal! Our new-found experiences in trying to modify our research protocols and interventions to work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic should prove to be valuable as pragmatic scientists. Adapting to changing context is a core feature of the implementation and conduct of pragmatic research in health.
This year’s conference follows on 2020’s theme Planning Pragmatic Research, exploring methods for operationalizing our research protocols, ensuring dynamic fit to context, and working with pragmatic measures and real-world data sources. Learn from experts in dissemination and implementation (D&I) science as well as data science and biostatistics about how it’s actually done. Ever wondered how the experts take the inherent messiness and uncertainty of pragmatic research and make it look clean and polished? Their real-world examples will help you see how it can be done!
The first 2021 conference track is D&I science. Enjoy speakers with expertise in D&I including Dr. Monica Perez Jolles from USC (engaging stakeholders in implementation), Dr. Jeanette Waxmonsky from CU Anschutz (implementation facilitation), Dr. Bryan Weiner from UW (assessing organizational context), Dr. Graham Moore from Cardiff University (adaptation and complexity), and Dr. Cara Lewis from KP Washington (pragmatic implementation outcomes measures). Stay tuned for more confirmed speakers!
The second 2021 conference track is data science and biostatistics. Featured speakers and topics include Dr. David Vock from University of Minnesota (use of secondary data in pragmatic research), Dr. Fan Li from Yale (analytic approaches to optimize internal and external validity), Dr. Andrea Troxel from NYU (novel approaches to pragmatic trials and rapid-cycle innovation), and Dr. Toan Ong from CU Anschutz (record linkage methods). Come learn practical approaches to using diverse data sources for pragmatic research, including electronic health records, publicly available data sets, social media, wearable health devices, and claims data.
Are you new to pragmatic research or want a refresher? Look for special introductory sessions on pragmatic trial design and analysis. It’s a place to start before jumping into the rest of the content.
We will also have a special session designed for patient and community stakeholders to help orient them to the conference and to pragmatic research in general, help them recognize each other from across the virtual room, and ensure they feel comfortable making their voices loud and clear.
We invite you to submit a poster abstract and register today! Details here.