Thursday, September 5, 2019

August Research Roundup

key words:  research literacy

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The August Research Roundup

Review of the "Research and Metrics Thursdays" theme from the public Facebook Page and newsletter

At the Hospital Practice Handbook Project, we encourage practitioners to cultivate mentor-relationships and practice research literacy.


Community Survey: What Does Success Look Like in an Integrative Oncology Program?
Please share your wisdom and experience in the survey form. Thank you.

Research-related job postings (NCCIH)
  1. “Dr. Lauren Atlas’s laboratory is recruiting postdoctoral researchers with expertise in fMRI and affective science to join the Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain to lead new projects on the psychological modulation of pain and emotional experience using high field imaging (7-Tesla MRI). Dr. Atlas’s lab is part of NCCIH’s new intramural program, and affiliated with the Intramural Research Programs of the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)." NCCIH job posting.
  2. Interested in working at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine? They have been posting job openings this summer. I haven't seen any specific to "acupuncturist", but if you have extra skills and training in research, writing, or program management and want to work there, here is their job listing board.

Research Articles
Three Special Focus Issues from JACM in 2019 to Review as related to Hospital-Based Practice
JACM, a peer reviewed scientific journal focused on integrative health care models, published special issue editions this past year (highlighted in this letter from the editor). If you missed them, the issues were on integrative oncology, whole systems approach to healthcare, and group delivered services.

Call out for Submissions on Palliative Care & Integrative Health
  • “In February 2020, JACM: Paradigm, Practice and Policy Advancing Integrative Health (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine) will publish a Special Focus Issue on Integrative Palliative Care. The goal will be to enhance the natural synergy between integrative health and palliative medicine by drawing research and commentary that examine integrative palliative care."
  • Related articles to read for background on integrative health and palliative care synergy, JACM recommends this article from March 2019: 
  • Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2019
  • Guidelines for submissions:
    • 1. Type of work.
      • original research and research reviews in the areas of integrative palliative methods, examinations of multimodal approaches, implementation-related studies including exploration of cost and business models issues, and education research. Other submissions related to this list may be considered, but send JACM your query before officially submitting your work.
    • 2. When submitting, select the "special issue on integrative palliative care" manuscript category
    • 3. Word limits. For original manuscripts 3,000 words or less. For systematic reviews 4,500 words or less. However, title, abstract, acknowledgments, disclosures, references, and figure legends don't count toward the word limit.
    • 4. Commentaries accepted. 500 words or less. topic: reflecting on the next steps for integrative palliative care. Such as controversies in the field, unusual experiences (not case reports), models of care, educational models, etc. Focus on what the challenges and opportunities are for this field at this moment in history.
  • Read the announcement here and submit your work soon!


Metrics: Patient Outcomes
Are you tracking your patient outcomes?
UH Connor integrative health programs are tracking theirs!
If you are working in an integrative health program you are tracking some metrics, right? Which metrics are you tracking? If this is news to you, read this article about UH Connor's integrative health program and find more resources in this blog by following the tags "metrics" and "research literacy".  Happy reading!
"The Science Behind Integrative Health"
excerpt: "Meet Jeffery A. Dusek, PhD, Director of Research, UH Connor Integrative Health Network. When integrative health is offered within an academic medical center as the UH Connor Integrative Health Network (CIHN) is at UH, understanding the data and science behind its treatments and therapies is crucial. As Francoise Adan, MD, Medical Director of CIHN says, 'While we have hundreds of outstanding patient testimonials from the past several years, those don't gain you reimbursement, or credibility with doubting physicians.' " Read more in this UH article.
Metrics: Clinician Employee Burnout & Employee Well-Being
Are you interested in measuring burnout or well-being?
There are validated metrics for this.  The National Academy of Medicine has created a resource page with all the validated tools for measuring clinician burnout and clinician well-being.
Interested in Measuring Your Work?
  • Learn more about the importance of metrics in your work by following the Hospital Handbook Project. We are currently tagging blog posts related to metrics with "metrics". You can use the search feature in the blog and type in "metrics" to find related posts.
  • If the term "metrics" and/or "performance management metrics" are new to you, sign up for our new series, Basics of Being an Employee in aHealthcare System: Performance Metrics. We have finished recording the series. Just doing the slow work of video editing and note taking. If you sign up, you will be notified when any of it is next published. More information about that here.

Reviewing Research Basics and Their Practical Application for the Healthcare Clinician


Humanism in Healthcare: Patient-Centered-ness and Clinician Resilience

Research Conferences



NCCIH at 20: A Catalyst for Integrative Health Research,
a One Day Conference with the NCCIH Stephen E. Straus lecture
"NCCIH at 20" conference agenda, Sept.2019
  • Date: 9.23.2019
  • You can register for the webcast of this conference at the NCCIH event page
  • This year’s Stephen E. Straus lecture in the science of complementary therapies is: “Why We Need a Pain Revolution: From Science to Practice” with Lorimer Moseley, PhD, professor of clinical neurosciences and chair in physiotherapy at the University of South Australia.
“Dr. Moseley will present the…underlying six target concepts…at the heart of the Pain Revolution, a community pain education and capacity-building program focusing on rural and regional Australia.”
Funding Announcements
  • The Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) posted an easy-to-read blogpost on all the current NIH acupuncture research funding announcements.  

    For more on the topic of research

    Other monthly research summary blogposts
    Research Review posts
    Research Resource Websites & Journals



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