HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Awards

Each year, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and AcademyHealth recognize outstanding research that used HCUP databases. AHRQ reviews submitted articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals during the previous calendar year and has awarded the winning authors of those articles at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Exit Disclaimer Work honored demonstrated how HCUP has contributed to addressing healthcare research topics and issues.

The call for nominations usually occurs in February and March of the following calendar year. Announcements are posted on the HCUP-US website. The call for nominations for articles published in 2019 (awarded 2020) has closed. Winners were announced during the 2020 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Exit Disclaimer

This year marks the 11th year of the annual HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Since the inception of this award in 2010, when outstanding articles from 2009 were selected, AHRQ has recognized exceptional research conducted using the HCUP databases in the clinical and health policy arenas. This research continues to enhance the public conversation about healthcare costs, outcomes, and trends. Over the years, the award has grown into a distinguished honor among health services researchers with a variety of clinical insights, economic interests, and policy backgrounds. AHRQ is proud of the important work being done with HCUP data and is excited to see what researchers nominate for each year's award.


All nominations must have used HCUP data and been published in a peer-reviewed journal during the previous calendar year and demonstrate that their work excels in these core criteria:
  • Important or timely research topic relative to the author's field of research
  • Outstanding quality of research
  • Implication for application in future practice and/or research
  • Innovative and inspiring perspective on health, the healthcare field, public health policy or research
Articles may be on any subject that can be investigated using HCUP data. Topic examples include:
  • Clinical innovations and/or medical practice enhancements
  • Advancements in the understanding of a condition or procedure
  • New or alternative research design approaches in viewing outcomes
  • Contributions to understanding the health services field through data linkages or enhancements
  • Characteristics of a healthcare market or the U.S. healthcare system
  • Identification of healthcare practices (or changes in practices and behavior) within or across a population
  • Impact of changes in healthcare behavior or policy
  • Improvements on the understanding of healthcare policy initiatives
  • Demonstrations of how research can be translated in to policy practice

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Researchers may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual (e.g., a colleague of the author or authors).

During nomination periods, a Nomination Form will be available here.

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All applications are reviewed by an HCUP Award Committee. Award recipients will be chosen based on the criteria outlined above.

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For a complete listing of previous Award recipients, please see Archive of Award Recipients.

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Internet Citation: HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2020. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/news/awards.jsp.
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