APA’s 10th Annual Conference on Advancing
Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care
May 1, 2020 | Philadelphia
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) is soliciting abstracts for their 10th Annual Conference on Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care. This conference focuses on providing training to child health researchers on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions aimed at improving the health care services provided to children. Speakers and participants will focus on state-of-the-art methods to facilitate the conduct of rigorous QI research and implementation science. Selected abstracts will be presented in poster format at the conference. The author(s) of the top scoring abstracts will be invited to present during the closing platform presentation session. Abstracts may be presented at both the APA conference and the main PAS meeting.
Implementation research is the scientific study of barriers to and methods of promoting the systematic application of research findings in practice, including in public policy. QI research includes projects designed to improve system, health plan, clinic, or provider performance.
Abstracts will be considered in the following categories:
- Formative descriptions of QI intervention development (e.g., pre-work/planning/establishing baseline performance)
- QI intervention evaluations from single or multi-center institutions
- Studies focused on understanding context in the implementation and dissemination of interventions
- Quality measure development and validation
In all categories, accepted abstracts will include a rigorous research design, attention to methodological considerations to maximizing internal and (preferably) external validity, and an attempt to produce generalizable knowledge with insights that extend beyond the walls of the institutions involved. Both Implementation and QI intervention research using strong quasi-experimental or experimental designs such as interrupted time series, statistical process control, and cluster randomized controlled trials, and strong non-intervention research will be considered. Non-intervention research includes, for example, development and testing of methods for assessing implementation and QI success, including cost-effectiveness analysis in implementation or QI, validity testing for measures of implementation or QI (e.g., patient safety outcome measures, development and testing of quality measures and measures of context). General clinical research and descriptions of QI implementation without rigorous analytical methods are not eligible for selection.
The deadline to submit is January 20, 2020 at 11:59PM Eastern.