2020 Award Submissions Now Open!
Nominations Solicited for 2020 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Career Achievement
Prize of $20,000 (USD)
We are seeking nominations for the 2020 Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust* John Ware and
Alvin Tarlov Career Achievement Prize in Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs), which includes a
Upon submission of nominations, candidates are reviewed by a panel of experts selected by the Health
Assessment of Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
Recipients of the prize are announced and honored at ISQua's Annual International Conference, which will be held August 30 – September 2, 2020 in Florence, Italy. The recipient will be expected to be present on
August 31 to receive the award and share reflections on his/her work and how it has contributed to the field.
The award is named in honor of the Health Assessment Laboratory/Medical Outcomes Trust's founders, Dr.John E. Ware, Jr., and Dr. Alvin Tarlov - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of patient reported outcome measures.
The successful candidate will have made significant contributions to the field of PROMs throughout their
career. Examples might include being:
1. Measurement Development: A leader in developing patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) for
enhancing patient-centered research, improving outcomes and engaging patients in their own care.
2. Research: A leader in promoting the adoption of PROMs for clinical, comparative effectiveness and
health services research.
3. Improvement: A leader who promotes the use of PROMs for improving health care delivery and
population health programs.
4. Education: A leader who promotes the use of PROMs for educating health care professionals on how to
improve their ability to measurably improve the outcomes of things that matter most to patients.
To submit a nomination or self-nominate, please send (1) a cover letter to nominate the individual, and
(2) a CV of the individual nominated.
Nominations should be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020
* The Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust is a free-standing not-for-profit organization with the goal of advancing state-of-the-art tools for measuring health care services and health outcomes from the patient/person point of view.
Nominations Solicited for 2020 Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation and Post- Doctoral Awards in Patient Reported Outcomes
The Board of Directors of the Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) is pleased to announce the solicitation of
applications for the 2020-2021 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 two (2) total
awards being given for the 2020-21 academic year, with each award being for $25,000 ($20,000 made in
September 2020, and an additional $5,000 upon receipt of a satisfactory progress report submitted between
May 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021). Eligibility for the 2020-21 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 freestanding 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 2020-21 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), Susan Yount, PhD (Northwestern), 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.
Fundable proposals will be dissertations or post-doctoral research projects that use patient-reported outcomes
(PROs) as a dependent variable. Patient satisfaction and patient experience measures 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.
Documents required for 2020-21 applications:
1. Cover letter including a brief description of yourself and your project, as well as:
a. Name of degree-granting institution and program, including contact information
b. Name and contact information of dissertation advisor
2. CV (including school email address, personal email address, and other contact information)
3. Two recommendations (including one from dissertation advisor)
4. 8-10 page narrative (excluding appendices) on the dissertation, including the:
b. Overall aims of proposed work
c. Specific research questions
d. Conceptual framework or model
e. Proposed methods for work
f. Importance or implications of using patient reported outcomes (as a dependent variable)
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
Questions regarding the application process or content can be sent to or visit
the HAL website at
Application due date: April 30, 2020
(before midnight Eastern Standard Time).
Please submit the application
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Eugene Nelson, Chair, Selection Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, Health Assessment
Laboratory, Dr. Lisa Zubkoff, President, Board of Directors, Health Assessment Laboratory