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Behavioral Science and Health Services Research

Behavioral Science and Health Services Research

G Rubenfeld
Assembly Chair
Jerry Krishnan, MD

Welcome to the ATS Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly.   Our Assembly is home to research experts in psychology, adherence to therapy, clinical epidemiology, statistics, health services research, health economics, comparative clinical efficacy and effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, performance measurement, quality improvement, and implementation science.  Members of the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly have clinical and research interests in all three pillars of the ATS: pulmonary, critical care, and sleep.

At the 2012 International Conference in San Francisco, we celebrated our 20th anniversary as an assembly and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to David Au, MD, MS, and the Early Career Development Award to Christopher Slatore, MD.   Congratulations to Drs. Au and Slatore!   We also convened several highly successful post-graduate courses, scientific symposia and mini-symposia, meet-the-professor seminars, sunrise seminars, post-discussion and thematic poster sessions.  If you are interested in contributing to the development of sessions for the 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, please contact Darryl Thornton, MD, MPH, Program Chair.

Members of our Assembly lead several projects on behalf of ATS, including the following: Palliative Management of Crisis Dyspnea (Richard Mularski, MD, MSHS, MCR); Pay for Performance in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS); Pharmacoeconomics of Medications for Respiratory Disease (Dona Upson, MD);  Comparative Effectiveness Research in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep (Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD; Shannon Carson, MD; Christopher Goss, MD, MS; Sanjay Patel, MD, MS.   If you are interested in proposing Assembly projects on behalf of ATS, please contact Susan Bartlett, PhD, Planning Committee Chair.

Several members of our assembly participate or lead educational activities on behalf of the ATS, including the Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (MECOR) program.  For more information about the program, please contact Sonia Buist, MD.

The Assembly has four standing committees:

The Planning Committee is responsible for developing the long-term strategy of the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly. It is the place where members can have input into future projects and activities. The chair of the Planning Committee is Susan J Bartlett, PhD.

The Program Committee is responsible for organizing the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly Program of the International Conference. Clinical topics, clinical workshops, evening and pre conference postgraduate sessions and the review and organization of presentation of abstracts are the major activities of this committee. The Chair of this committee is Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH.

The Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating candidates for Chairs of International Program Committee and the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly. The Chair of this committee is Lynn Gerald, PhD, MSPH, the immediate-past chair of our assembly.

The Executive Committee provides oversight for all Behavioral Science Assembly functions. It convenes monthly to discuss Assembly issues and to foster the development and integration of all Assembly activities. The chair of the committee is Jerry A. Krishnan, MD, PhD.

Our assembly welcomes and actively supports trainees (residents and fellows), clinicians, researchers and other health care professionals who are interested in behavioral sciences and health services research applied to pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders. Please feel free to attend our annual meeting and we welcome you to choose the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly as your primary assembly, or as a secondary assembly. You can designate up to two secondary assemblies, and there is no additional cost when you add a secondary assembly.

Please feel free to contact any of the Assembly officers if you have any questions or wish to become involved in the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research.  Please send your comments to the BSHSR Assembly at bshsr@thoracic.org.