The Board of Directors of the Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) is pleased to announce the solicitation of applications for the 2014-15 cycle of the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Awards in Patient Reported Outcomes. The purpose of these awards is to encourage doctoral dissertations and post-doctoral research using patient reported outcomes. We envision up to three (3) awards being given for the 2014-2015 academic year, with each award being for $25,000 ($20,000 made in September 2014, and an additional $5,000 upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report at the end of the academic year). Eligibility for the 2014-15 academic year is limited to U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. based doctoral programs or post-doctoral fellowships in U.S. research programs.
This award is named in honor of the Health Assessment Laboratory's founders, Dr. Alvin Tarlov and Dr. John Ware, Jr. - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of patient reported outcome measures. The Health Assessment Lab is a free-standing not-for-profit organization with the goal of advancing state-of-the-art tools for monitoring health care services and health outcomes from the patient/consumer point of view. Historically it has had four missions: development and validation of new measures; translation and adaptation of tools for use in international research; technical assistance in support of patient-based tools in a variety of specific applications; and education and training in psychometrics as applied to the health care field.
The Selection Committee for 2014-2015 is chaired by Professor Eugene Nelson, DSc, a HAL Board Member, Director of the Population Health Measurement Program at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Other members of the selection committee include: Shelly Greenfield, MD (UC -Irvine), Lewis Kazis, DrPH (Boston U), Sherry Kaplan, PhD (UC-Irvine), Ed Perrin, PhD (U of Wash), Cathy Sherbourne, PhD (RAND), and Lisa Zubkoff, PhD (VA). Members of the selection committee will be required to recuse themselves from discussions and votes on any applicants from their home institution or any affiliated entities.
Details about the application and review process follow:
Fundable proposals will be dissertations or post-doctoral research projects that use patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as a dependent variable. Patient satisfaction will be considered as a type of PRO. The review process will not include Pink Sheet-like critiques; the review adopts the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation policy of only providing decisions. Applicants may apply more than once.
Applicants for 2014-2015 should submit:
The application should be on standard paper size (8.5” x 11”). Use at least one-half inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Use an Arial or Helvetica typeface and a font size of 11 or 12 points. The text of the application should be single-spaced. Use headings and sub-headings to separate sections and label tables and figures.
Dr. Michael Zubkoff, President, Board of Directors, Health Assessment Laboratory
Dr. Eugene Nelson, Chair, Selection Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, HAL
To be posted shortly
Anjali Pandit, MPH, MS at Northwestern
Title: Development and Validation of a Consumer Health Activation Index (CHAI)
Primary mentor: Michael S. Wolf, PhD, MPH
Elizabeth Phoh, MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: The Value of Measuring Quality of Care using Patient-Reported Depression as an Indicator in Primary Care
Primary mentor: Sydney Dy, MD, MSc
Ashley Leak, PhD, RN-BC, OCN at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: The Impact of Exercise on patient-Reported Depression, Fatigue, and Sleep Disturbance Outcomes on Newly Diagnosed Patients with Acute Leukemia
Primary mentor: Bryce Reeve, PhD
Aubri Hoffman, Ph.D., M.S. at The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Title: Patient-reported outcomes as a guide to the development, evaluation, and provision of tailored decision support for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
Primary mentors: Dr. Stephen J. Bartels and Dr. Dawn Stacey
2012-2013 Dissertation Awardees:
Barbara Gandek, Ph.D. Candidate, M.S. at University of Massachusetts
Title: Evaluating Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement in Total Joint Replacement
Primary mentor: John E. Ware, PhD
Susan McClernon, Ph.D. Candidate, MHA, FACHE at University of Minnesota
Title: Analysis of the Effect of Psychosocial Factors, Self-Efficacy and Self-Management Behavior on Clinical and Quality of Life Outcomes in Adult Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Primary mentor: Dr. Bryan Dowd
Suzanne Bentler, Univeristy of Iowa
Title: Continuity of Care for Older Adults in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Era
Advisor: Fredric Wolinsky
Alicia Cooper, Brown University
Title: Examination of Predictors and Consequences of Inappropriate Drug Prescription Among the Elderly
Adivor: Amal Trivedi
Eva DuGoff, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: Evaluating Patient-Reported Continuity of Care in Multimorbid Older Adults
Advisor: Gerard Anderson
Kathryn Martinez, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: Evaluating the Association Between Colorectal and Lung Cancer Patients Perceived Quality of Care and Self-Reported Pain and the Racial and Ethnic Disparities in both Perceived Quality of Care and Self-Reported Pain
Advisor: Sydney Morss
Adele Shartezer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Title: The Impact of Health Insurance Competition on Consumer Access and Satisfaction
Advisor: Gerard Anderson
A. Unruh: Brown University
Title: The Influence of Medicaid and Medicare Policies on Hospitalizations and Outcomes Dissertation Advisor: Vincent Mor, PhD
Larrell Wilkinson: University of South Carolina
Title: A population-based analysis of the association between health insurance coverage and psychological distress, and the influence of other mediating factors among young adults in the United States.
Dissertation Advisor: Saundra Glover, PhD.
Hoffman: Dartmouth College
Title: Patient reported information-seeking and health care decision making, the effectiveness of interactive capabilities in patients’ decision support tools and variance across socio-demographic, cognitive and clinical subgroups.
Dissertation Advisor: Hilary A. Llewellyn-Thomas, Ph.D.