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HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award
AHRQ and AcademyHealth honor researchers who publish innovative articles using HCUP databases at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.
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 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Exit Disclaimer Work honored demonstrated how HCUP has contributed to addressing health care 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 2018 (awarded 2019) has closed.

2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the annual HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of AHRQ. 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care market or the U.S. health care system
  • Identification of health care practices (or changes in practices and behavior) within or across a population
  • Impact of changes in health care behavior or policy
  • Improvements on the understanding of health care 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 will be reviewed by an HCUP Award Committee. Award recipients will be chosen based on the criteria outlined above.

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Awards are presented at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting. Travel reimbursement is provided by AcademyHealth for the lead authors. While they will not receive travel reimbursement, secondary authors, as well as the lead author, will be recognized with a certificate.

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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). June 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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