Health Research Training Workshop, Washington, DC, March 15-16, 2019


Are you a medical writer or journalist who wants to better understand health research?

Research aimed at improving treatments and prevention can be complex and new research showing promising results can generate inflated claims and unrealistic hopes.  The media plays a key role in cutting through the hype and translating the complexities, ensuring that news about important research reaches and is understood by those who would most benefit.

In order for the media to fill this role most effectively, researchers and medical writers/journalists need to communicate clearly with each other.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen: Not all researchers are adept at communicating their research findings to the media, nor do all medical writers and journalists have the knowledge of research design, statistics, and related issues to fully understand what new studies can and can’t conclude, or whether a new treatment has benefits that outweigh the risks.

Thanks to an award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute® (PCORI®), the National Center for Health Research is hosting a Health Research Training Workshop to help bridge that gap.  The National Center for Health Research is a non-profit, independent think tank focused on effective and affordable health care, and does not accept funding from companies making products that are the subject of our analyses.  PCORI® is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010.  Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. The term “patient-centered” refers to results that matter most to patients, such as living longer, spending less time in the hospital, and having a better quality of life.

The Health Research Training Workshop will bring together medical writers, journalists, medical experts, and groundbreaking researchers to help them communicate more clearly with each other, and enable writers to communicate with their audiences.

  • You will learn about new research on which prevention strategies and treatments are most effective for improving patients’ health.
  • You will learn how to evaluate the quality of new studies and how to reconcile conflicting results and conclusions.
  • You will learn the pros and cons of clinical trials, pragmatic trials, real world evidence, and other types of medical research.
  • You will network with medical experts, researchers, journalists, and writers who want to improve communication between researchers and journalists/writers.
  • Workshop faculty include award-winning journalists and nationally-respected researchers.
  • The workshop is free and breakfast, lunch, and Happy Hour are included.
  • Scholarships are available for travel expenses and hotels for those living at least 50 miles away.
  • Workshop training certificates will be provided upon completion.

If you are a medical writer or journalist who wants to improve your understanding of new research comparing the effectiveness of various treatments and prevention strategies, and to network with other journalists, as well as researchers from major medical schools, please complete this form to apply.

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 1301 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Friday, March 15, 2019 10am-6pm and Saturday, March 16, 2019 9am-1pm


The National Center for Health Research is an independent, nonprofit think tank focused on medical and public health issues, and does not accept funding from pharmaceutical or medical device companies.  This workshop is funded by a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (8598-NCHR).